The Project’s Carrie Bickmore and regular panelist/ radio shock jock Steve Price butt heads over what is appropriate when it comes to breastfeeding.
The live confrontation took place during The Project last night following a controversial tweet from the veteran broadcaster criticising a mother for breastfeeding while walking through the Qantas domestic terminal.
Bickmore, who has recently given birth to her second child, took particular offence to Price’s comments, saying that mothers can feed their babies where they want to, “not where you want us to”.
Regular The Project panellist Price then back-peddled on his tweet saying, “I think walking through a crowded airport is an unusual place to breastfeed a child”.
He continued: “Three weeks ago in a production meeting at The Project you were breastfeeding your gorgeous little baby daughter so if I had a problem I might have said something.”
Bickmore jumped on the attack, “But you used the words ‘discreet public breastfeeding’ which means you clearly think it should be done privately in a room away from you.”
Price joins a growing list of prominent figures who have condemned ‘public breastfeeding’. In 2013, Sunrise host David Koch responded to a story about a Bribie Island woman who was forced to leave a public pool following a complaint that was made about her breast feeding in public.
“I totally think women should be able to breastfeed in public but I just think they should be a bit classy about it”, he said.
This debate of ‘public breastfeeding’ has done the rounds on social media a lot lately, with a handful of publications calling out these shamers, arguing that breastfeeding is void of any sexual representation, and is purely about the child.
Mamamia founder and journalist Mia Freedman put in her two cents on the issue stating that, “To a breastfeeding woman, our breasts are about as sexual to us as a bowl of Weet Bix. Because that’s exactly what they represent our babies. Sustenance. Not sex. Or nudity.”
She also argues that many mothers don’t have the luxury of time to dedicate to sitting down to feed their child, as per Price’s expectations.
Much like Koch, Price has since received a bucket-load of criticism for his tweet, which he has dismissed as “feral” and “stupid”.
Where do you stand on the ‘public breastfeeding’ debate? What do you think of Steve’s comments?