Mothers join protest over breastfeeding after verbal abuse in Norwich park

Women breastfeed their children at Woodrow Pilling Park in protest after two women were abused for b

Women breastfeed their children at Woodrow Pilling Park in protest after two women were abused for breastfeeding in the park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Mums (and a few dads) held a breastfeeding protest in a Norwich park in support of a mother who was abused while feeding her child there.

The event was organised after a woman posted on Facebook that she had been 'verbally abused' in Woodrow Pilling Park, Thorpe Hamlet, after another woman took issue with her breastfeeding.

The woman who objected to the breastfeeding called the police, while allegedly preventing the mum and her friend from leaving the park.

The mum said: 'In four years I have never had anyone say a word, not until last Friday. It was shocking and scary and our children didn't understand. The police, of course, told her I was legally allowed to breastfeed my child in a park.'

Stacy Harfield, from North Walsham, who organised yesterday's Lunch and Latch protest in the park, said: 'When we all heard about it we thought it was disgusting and we wanted to show our support to prevent this happening again.

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'Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world and we are perfectly within our legal rights to do this.'

About 20 mums joined in the Lunch and Latch protest at the park's play area.

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A spokesman for Norfolk Police confirmed: 'We were called out to reports of an incident of harassment at Pilling Park in Norwich at 5pm on Friday, April 10 and police inquiries are continuing.'

What's your view on breastfeeding in public? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

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