Mothers make their voices heard

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 June, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 June, 1999, 12:00am

Eighteen mothers breast-fed their babies in public at The Peninsula hotel to show their discontent over its policy towards breast-feeding.

The demonstration was staged after a woman was asked by hotel staff to go into the rest room to breast-feed her baby.

Maggie Yu Yuen-ling, one of the protesters, said she had once been told to stop breast-feeding in public when she was staying in a health centre.

'I think one of the reasons why people do not like it is because they are embarrassed, but I do not think it is bad,' she said.

The Peninsula denied it 'actively' discouraged breast- feeding in public.

A spokesman said the hotel could offer a 'discreet' room for mothers if they wanted 'to avoid the possibility of upsetting the feelings and sensibilities of guests sitting in the vicinity'.