What’s the downside of your TV show rating so high? Sunrise host, David Koch, found it out last week … people hear what you say.
In response to a news story of a mother being asked to be more discreet while breastfeeding her child in public, Koch said ‘fair enough’
“I totally agree with breastfeeding in public but I think you have to be a bit classy about it.” David Koch
Other hosts on the popular Australian breakfast show were suitably shocked at his support, so too was the mother in question.
If, Liana Webster wasn’t angry enough when asked by lifeguards at her local swimming pool to “be more discreet while breastfeeding her child”, public support of the lifeguard’s actions have pushed her over the edge.
Worse still for Sunrise and Koch, Liana isn’t alone. The ‘twitter-verse’ lit up…and it was good to see that it wasn’t all women.
I can only guess Sunrise’s PR department didn’t have time to brief Koch, because he too, took to twitter to back up his comments.
@kochie_online: But I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect breast feeding in public is done discreetly. I think that’s just a common courtesy to others
Mothers and breastfeeding advocates joined a Facebook group, ”Sunrise Nurse-In”, to promote both public breastfeeding and a protest of sorts; a live mass feeding on the show. How’s that for public!
This posting, the nurse-in or any further debate isn’t about David Koch or anyone else foolish enough to ask a breastfeeding mother to cover up, it’s about the issue, women and parenting. If a mother feels comfortable feeding in public, let her be. Being a new Mum is hard enough without judgement!
It’s about far more than breast feeding. The outrage caused by such a small comment shows how much our society has sexualised women. With the number of people supporting the call for women to cover up growing as fast, if not faster than those opposing the call, I think it’s fair to say community considers women a sexual objects.
@Goodgoogs, said it best…
@goodgoogs: If you see something indiscreet in a woman breastfeeding you are looking too hard.
I repeat, this isn’t a hate campaign against David Koch, but some advice for men who want to knock breast feeding mothers … sleep three hours a night for four months and put your nipples in a vice 6 times a day before you open your mouth.