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#rugeleymassfeed! Mums Take To Street In Breastfeeding Protest

Social media leads thousands to turn out for protest to support a mum verbally abused for breastfeeding in public

Last week, we reported that a mum was unknowingly photographed breastfeeding her baby in public – and called a ‘tramp’ for it. And this week thousands of UK mums took to the streets in mass protest.

The breastfeeding protest was originally planned for just Rugeley, Staffordshire, where the accused mum Emma Slough was photographed, but word spread and mums across the country chose to show their support in various locations.  

Emma was breastfeeding her eight-month-old daughter on the steps of a local restaurant in Rugeley when the photograph was taken and uploaded to Facebook. The picture was posted with the comment, ‘I know the sun is out n all that but there's no need to let your kid feast on your nipple in town!!! Tramp.’

Because of the incident, Emma planned the protest and attracted thousands of ‘likes’ on Facebook, which turned out to be far more widespread than she probably anticipated.

Swansea, York, Streatham, Newcastle and Milton Keynes were just some of the UK areas that held events this weekend educating others about breastfeeding. Mums, babies and dads attended, with a number of mums breastfeeding their babies during the protest. And global support was received on Twitter with some mums tweeting from the US.

‘We handed out flyers explaining that we were here today in support of Emily and the flyers also contained information about feeding babies and why public feeding is necessary,’ Jade Richards, who organised the Swansea protest, told BBC News.

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