DJ's breastfeeding comments unhelpful and damaging

As midwives, we’re horrified by the comments of DJ Alex Dyke about breastfeeding. Alex made the comments live on air this week on BBC Radio Solent.

By Kate Pinney, Midwifery Manager for Tommy’s Information Service 

Woman breastfeeding


During his 10am show on Wednesday, Alex talked of his discomfort at seeing a woman he described as “quite a big girl” breastfeeding on a bus.

He said: "It is 2015. Ladies, mums, we don't like breastfeeding in public, honestly we don't… I didn't know where to look. She's putting me in an embarrassing situation.” 

The presenter added: “Breastfeeding is unnatural. I know it's natural but it's kind of unnatural. It's the kind of thing which should be done in a quiet and private nursery. We don't want it in public. It was okay in the Stone Age when we knew no better and people didn't even have their own teeth. A public area is not the place for it. It's not a great look."

As midwives, we do all we can to help new mums breastfeed and give them the confidence to do this both at home and while out and about. These comments are completely unhelpful and really damaging. Breastfeeding is often not easy for women, and those who do it should be celebrated rather than abused.  

We applaud the BBC for suspending Alex immediately. 

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