A Hong Kong taxi driver could not believe that a woman would breastfeed in a taxi.
On December 8, 2016, a taxi driver was arrested in Hong Kong. His crime – uploading a picture of a breastfeeding passenger on Facebook.
As the report goes, Mr Chow snapped a photo of a woman who was breastfeeding in his taxi. He then uploaded the picture online on a Facebook group for Taxi drivers. The photo was followed by a comment where he stated that he could not believe that something like this could happen!
This created an uproar among the netizens, who called this a breach of privacy. Some even called it sexual harassment. Mr Chow removed the photo and changed his Facebook name, but was tracked down due to his internet use and arrested. A case is being prepared against him.
Breastfeeding in public
Breastfeeding in public has been increasingly looked down upon in the civilised world. There have been incidents where mothers have been told to ‘cover themselves up’, or go to a private place to feed the baby. A few mothers, under the pressure, end up feeding their babies even in toilets. A few others, in order to avoid breastfeeding in public, like to bottle feed the baby. While this is not something bad, it is a compromise at the end of the day.
While this happens in the ‘civilised society’, the indigenous people in many countries continue to breastfeed the babies on demand. The openness of the societies may shock some of the puritans, but at the end of the day, the children get their nourishment and that is what matters!
Is it wise to breastfeed in a taxi?
While the actions of this taxi driver are deplorable, it is also not wise to breastfeed in a running vehicle. In fact, in the USA, it is illegal to remove the infant from a car seat inside a moving vehicle, even if the baby is crying. The mother should also have a seat belt on while the car is moving. This makes it illegal to breastfeed the baby in a moving car.
How to feed the baby safely in a moving vehicle? Read on to find out.