Mums claim right to breastfeed in public

Issue 
Federal law makes it an offence to discriminate against a person who is breastfeeding.

Dozens of people protested in Bendigo on February 26 for the right to breast feed in public.

A Bendigo mother had earlier been forced to leave a shopping centre food court after someone complained to a plaza employee. While Luci White initially held her ground, when a worker asked her to relocate to the centre's “specialised feeding facility”, she said she felt she had no choice but to comply with the demand.

The incident enraged mothers in Bendigo, many of whom came together for a “Boobs for Babies” event.
Under the federal Sex Discrimination Act 1984 it is illegal to discriminate against a person directly or indirectly on the grounds of breastfeeding.

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