SINGAPORE - You may have seen crowds of mostly youths suddenly freezing on the streets as part of a flash mob. Or you may have seen a large group of dancers suddenly breaking out into a snazzy routine in the middle of a shopping mall.
But have you seen a group of mothers gathering in a breastfeeding flash mob?
If you were on Orchard Road yesterday afternoon, you may have caught a group of more than 15 mothers with their babies and toddlers nursing in full view of the public for about 20 minutes.
Named Latch On For Love, the event aims to promote breastfeeding in public, and to raise public awareness that nursing is a natural act that should be accepted and encouraged.
Jointly organised by the Breastfeeding Mothers' Support Group Singapore, Association for Breastfeeding Advocacy and the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Committee, the event was held in front of Ngee Ann City and attracted curious onlookers.
Chin Wee Kean, a mother who participated with her 2.5-year-old daughter, spoke to The Straits Times about her hopes that when her daughter is a mother, breastfeeding in public will be "as common as us drinking water".
Some readers supported breastfeeding in public, while some questioned the need for it. Commenting on AsiaOne's Facebook post, some readers agreed that it is a natural act that should be encouraged, but also felt that mothers should cover up when nursing in public.