The Willows Cafe and Winebar in Sidney, Australia, is a restaurant that welcomes all breastfeeding moms and offers moms a pit stop for breastfeeding.
Instead of moms hiding in the baby room or a public toilet, they offer them a seat and a free cup of tea.
In an article posted by Indy100 which went viral with breastfeeding moms who argued that this was still a contentious issue for many feeding their babies in public, where they are either asked to cover up or go into a separate room.
This restaurant does not even require mums to buy anything. They can just grab a chair and, as they say, relax.
The act of breastfeeding in public has been viewed as abnormal and taboo and is still up for debate.
Some local restaurants in South Africa such as Spur have embraced moms that breastfeed when they are out.
“No one may ask the woman to cover up the act of breastfeeding, or to ask a woman to breastfeed in a designated area [other than] the area they have chosen.”
Breastfeeding is a vital part of a child’s development, and breastfeeding in a public restroom is extremely unhygienic. For a woman to be required to choose this option is unacceptable.
Karabo Motsiri is a first-time mom, over-sharer, lover of life, chronic napper and married to her best friend. She loves a good party because the dance floor is her happy place. She enjoys good food, good conversations, laughs a little too hard, and cries during every episode of Grey’s Anatomy. She started her blogging journey because she wanted to share all the ups and downs of being a young modern mama in South Africa. Her blog Black Mom Chronicles has been featured on Ayana Magazine & SA Mom Blog. She has enjoyed airtime on Power FM and frequently writes for the parenting section of Saturday Citizen. She also works with MamaMagic on their Product Awards, Milestones Magazine, Heart to Heart blog, and the Baby Expo, which is South Africa’s biggest parenting expo.