Hollie McNish Defends Breastfeeding in Public With Viral Video, Poem

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Hollie McNish, a British poet and mother, has taken the breastfeeding world by storm with her scathing defense of breastfeeding in public.

A video of McNish reading her spoken-word poem, "Embarrassed" has gone viral, just as National Breastfeeding Week closes in the U.K. and Alicia Silverstone launches a vegan-friendly milk-sharing bank.

McNish wrote the poem over the course of six months as she nursed her daughter in public restrooms after being told she should just stay at home the first time she tried to breastfeed in public.

Now, three years later, she has released her battle cry on the world for the first time in hopes of helping other moms in the same position feel unashamed of breastfeeding their babies.

The poet is clear that she's not against formula feeding and hates the rift between moms who breastfeed and moms who formula feed.

She just believes that it's time to support moms going through what she experienced, especially when it seems like it's okay for women to show skin at any time other than when they're feeding a baby.

She closes her poem with the following lines:

"in this country of billboards covered in tits
I think we should try to get used to this."

So, what do you think, THGers? Is it time to get used to this? Or should moms just stay home if their baby needs to eat?


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Plain and simple- if you will not eat in some scuzzy unsanitary bathroom you have NO right as a human being to bully and or force a mother and a defenseless child to do it either.


I dont unerstand why a women would want to take her breast out in public and have someone suck on it while people watch (cause you know everybody will look when they see tits). I mean, i dont mind if some random women wants to show me her tits but it is awkward.

@ Ben

Its one thing if I where to whip out my tit and have my husband suck it in public-- that is a sexual act. It is another thing altogether to take out my breast in public to breastfeed my child. How could anyone short of a pedophile, find an infant suckling on a mother's breast sexually arousing? Because, you know, that is the crux of the argument here in America. Breasts are considered sexual. The act of sucking on a breast is considered sexual...and somehow, when a child does it, whatever sexual ambiance preludes the action is completely eradicated. I find it ridiculous.

@ Ben

Pure ignorance. You sound super intelligent.

@ Ben

How is it that feeding a baby is awkward but a woman flashing her breasts isn't? I do not disrespect your opinion but I felt the need to comment.