New mothers know that breastfeeding can be difficult.
Just when you’re starting to get used to it and feel confident about leaving the house, the next hurdle is finding a place where you feel comfortable breastfeeding when you’re out in public.
While some places have rooms for parents, not all of them are well-appointed. Take this ‘parent room’ at Melbourne’s busy airport, for example, which has left the internet horrified thanks to its sheer inadequacy. And even the airport admits it’s ‘terrible’.
Author and parenting humorist Kaz Cooke, perhaps best known for her guide to pregnancy. Up the Duff, uploaded a photo of a chair in Melbourne airport’s ‘parent room’ to Twitter on Tuesday, along with the comment: “This is the chair that was allegedly provided for feeding a baby in a ‘parent room’ at the Melbourne airport.
“No shelves or hooks for your baby bag or purse, no way to keep water within arm’s reach, no protection from toilet sprays or even a lower seat. Please do much better.” @Melair.”
The crimson chair arm was held together with tape in a different shade. The rest of the room was just as depressing. Less of a ‘parent room’ and more of a large bathroom with a chair placed inside. The toilet, without a lid, was only a few inches away.
Not surprisingly, commentators were quick to agree with Cooke.
“Disgusting. No one should have to feed their baby next to a toilet,” wrote one.
“We wouldn’t eat our food in the bathroom, we shouldn’t expect babies to do it,” said another.
“Annndd, that’s why I’ve never used disgusting facilities like this and fed my baby outdoors. I’d suck pretty much anywhere. Horrible for moms who need/want privacy and it’s ridiculous that a decade after breastfeeding, women I still have to put up with this crap,” was another comment.
Others wondered if the parents’ room was actually intended for something else.
“Is that a handicap bathroom that has been converted into a baby room? If so, where do people with disabilities relieve themselves?” a commenter asked.
Thankfully, at least for traveling parents-to-be, the upset calls appear to have been heard with Melbourne Airport responding to the author’s tweet and comments.
“Thank you for your feedback. You are right that the state of our services has been dire, which is why we have been updating them on our endpoints for the last two years,” they wrote.
“To date, we have opened 12 new services, including parent services in terminals one and three. We have two more coming online in terminal four this August. We have over 60 services on the premises, so it’s a great work, but we are on the right track.
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