HONG KONG, CHINA (MAY 7, 2017) (REUTERS – Almost one hundred breastfeeding mothers descended on a Hong Kong sizable shopping mall, feeding their babies together to protest discrimination against breastfeeding in public on Sunday (May 7).
The flashmob, organized by a Hong Kong NGO “Mamamilk Baby Alliance”, was advocating acceptance of breastfeeding in public places.
The government has been promoting breastfeeding as being the most natural way of feeding a baby. However, the long working hours in Hong Kong and lack of support and infrastructure prohibit new mothers to keep breastfeeding.
The rate of breastfeeding in Hong Kong is high in hospital, which hits 83 percent. However the rate usually drops to 40 percent in one month after new mothers leave hospital.