Staying abreast of indiscretion

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 June, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 June, 1999, 12:00am

I have been following the correspondence in your newspaper about breast-feeding, discreetly or otherwise. I am fed up with the patronising attitude of some of the letters. Yes it is possible to breast-feed discreetly and no-one notice but the implication that if anyone does notice then you are not being discreet is not true.

You do not change your character just because you become a mother and start breast-feeding. If you are big, brass and brazen before the birth of your child you will be afterward too. Likewise if you are shy and retiring before, you will be after.

In the 21 years I have associated with new mothers and their children I have only known two women who were not discreet while breastfeeding. These two women were also not bothered about how much their busts were on show before they became mothers.

The women of Hong Kong are very modest with their necklines. Do not forget they are also part of their culture. A Hong kong woman is about as likely to breast-feed her baby indiscreetly as she is to sit indiscreetly in her mini-skirt.

So let's stop telling breast-feeding women to feed discreetly - they already do.