(better take your blood pressure medicine before you read this one.....)
The Sunday Times - Scotland
The Sunday Times April 09, 2006
Katie Grant: Kerr's breast strategy is fed by men
Are Scottish ministers determined to drive fertile women out of the workplace? Andy Kerr's pompously named Infant Feeding Strategy, which proposes to "allow" women to breastfeed their babies or express milk at work will be greeted with exasperated groans from bosses, both male and female.
"Allow" gives it all away. There is no law that forbids women to breastfeed at work, so any law to "allow" can mean only one thing: extra expenditure on obligatory breastfeeding "spaces", together with provision for all the clamjamfrey associated with getting milk down the throats of small babies.
It seems the interfering state is again attempting to strangle every struggling business in Scotland. And that's not all. An Infant Feeding Strategy could only have been concocted by men or a militant brigade of breastfeeding fanatics. For a start, let's look at the practicalities. Breastfeeding is not just a question of discreetly producing a nipple for a couple of minutes. Having done it three times, I can confidently say that it is an unpredictable affair, sometimes quick, sometimes dementingly slow.
While breastfeeding, it is almost impossible to do anything else, at least in public, as movement tends to involve the baby and breast separating and consequent embarrassing exposure, milky drips on the carpet (sorry if you're eating breakfast) and screaming.
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