CELEBRATION: Members of the Lismore Breastfeeding Association will be welcoming families on their first Baby’s Day Out this Sunday at Nesbitt Park.
CELEBRATION: Members of the Lismore Breastfeeding Association will be welcoming families on their first Baby’s Day Out this Sunday at Nesbitt Park.

Baby's big day out

WOMEN have fought long and hard to gain the simple right to breastfeed in public places.

Go back in time 30 years, to Friday, October 28, 1983.

Women intending to breastfeed in Lismore CBD had to go to a public toilet block in the Lismore Arcade, between Molesworth and Carrington Streets.

They also had to pay 5c to gain access to the services.

There was also Harry Crethar's Wunder Bar on Keen Street.

Three decades later and Lismore is about to experience its first public breastfeeding community celebration.

Baby's Day Out will be held on Sunday, October 28, at Nesbitt Park in Casino Street, Lismore, from 11am.

The activity is part of a national effort organised by the Lismore chapter of the Australian Breastfeeding Association, "to encourage and empower women to feel comfortable and confident".

It is hard not to wonder, why could the image of a woman breastfeeding be frowned upon?

Then it comes to mind that awkward moment when someone prepares to breastfeed at a public place and everyone around becomes uncomfortable.

Is it the nipple, is it the breast? Local advocates believe Lismore to be a breastfeeding- friendly location, but some myths remain around the topic.

Trainee breastfeeding counsellor Melissa Towner said that the main issue for women is to have "support from family, friends and community. If they don't have a supportive environment, they stop breastfeeding."

Women (and men) wanting support, information or counselling about breastfeeding can participate in a monthly meeting at the Lismore City Library every second Friday of the month from 10am or call the helpline: 1800 686 268.


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