Shimo was told the diners said they “didn’t want to see this while they were eating.” “I thought this is ridiculous,” Shimo said.
“Why do you find the sight of a baby breastfeeding disgusting and why have you made me feel ashamed?
Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.
Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information, and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large.
Shimo told CTV Toronto on Sunday, that when Jacob became hungry she found a quiet corner in the hallway outside the dining area to nurse him.
“I’d been happily feeding Jacob and a couple people came up and said how sweet he was and I thought that it was really quite idyllic,” she said.
Mothers who nurse each other's babies are engaging in a reciprocal act known as cross-nursing or co-nursing.
Poor women, especially those who suffered the stigma of giving birth to an illegitimate child, sometimes had to give their baby up, temporarily or permanently, to a wet-nurse.
There was also an increased need for wet nurses under circumstances when the rates of infant abandonment by mothers, and maternal death during childbirth, were high.
Some women choose not to breastfeed for social reasons.
Reasons include the serious or chronic illness of the mother and her treatment which creates a temporary difficulty to nursing.
Additionally, a mother's taking drugs (prescription or recreational) may necessitate a wet nurse if a drug in any way changes the content of the mother's milk.