The Pregnancy Show Presents: A panel discussion - Learn about Public Breastfeeding - Part 1.
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Melanie Raposo: Hi everybody, welcome to The Pregnancy Show and to our brand new segment called from Mom2Mom Toronto with our lovely panel of moms, all from a great organization based in Toronto called Mom2Mom. So let's meet our panel, when we meet start with you Monique. Monique: Hi, I am Monique. I am the chief mom and the founder of Mom2Mom Toronto. I am a mother of one. I have a daughter named -- and she is four. Melanie Raposo: Great. Dani: My name is Dani. I have four kids; 16, five, two and half, twelve weeks. I run the forums for our mom2mom website. Monique: And organize our fund raiser. Dani: Oh, that's right, and organize the fund raising, yes. Deb: I am Deb. I am a mom to a two year old. I do the graphics. Monique: And moderate our forums. Deb: And moderate the forums occasionally. Melanie Raposo: Now Monique, you are the founder of Mom2Mom. Monique: That's right. Melanie Raposo: So why don't you tell us a little bit about what Mom2Mom is? Monique: Mom2Mom Toronto, we are an organization of moms who promote and advocate for better living and that includes better consumer choices and we are a very strong breastfeeding advocates as well. Melanie Raposo: Okay. Monique: We organize events, fund raisers, and we also have an online group, online forum. Melanie Raposo: Great. Now we were talking last week about breastfeeding, but we didn't really talk about sort of the society's perception of breastfeeding, which recently seems to be a little bit negative and Dani, you experienced something with that. Do you want to share that experience? Dani: Recently, I am sure a lot of the viewers will be aware of what's going on with the Facebook. Facebook is started removing breastfeeding photos from people's accounts. I've had one of my breastfeeding photos removed as well. Last week, there was an article in 'The Toronto Star' talking about it, and I'd commented, placed my online comment and explained what had happened to myself. I was contacted my CTV to appear on their show on the nightly news and to talk about the whole situation with removing breastfeeding photos and calling them obscene content. Melanie Raposo: Now what you guys, how you guys feel about that, about breastfeeding photos as being called obscene content? I mean we are in modern times. Monique: Well, of course personally for us, it's absurd because there is just nothing obscene about breastfeeding. Dani: Yeah, exactly. Deb: It's about as obscene as somebody grabbing a cup of coffee. Monique: Exactly. We don't ask people to eat in bathrooms or cover up in their eating. So there is no reason why baby should cover up when they are eating bottle or breast. Dani: yeah, exactly, exactly. It's also about rights as well. I said that on the show like, babies have rights to eat. They have a right to eat, like Monique said, not in a bathroom, not -- Monique: Not with a blanket over their heads. Dani: Not with a blanket over their heads. They have a right to eat anywhere they are. You're not going to say, well that baby can't eat here. Melanie Raposo: Right. Why do you think now more people are -- it seems to be more people are experiencing this kind of negative attention I guess towards it? Monique: I think actually the attention has always been there but technology has made it easier for it come forward, like for the attention to be voice doubt like a mom previously who wouldn't have the means to tell everyone, listen I was at so and so's restaurant or this place and I was asked to cover up or leave. Well before, you wouldn't be able to tell the world about it because there was no Internet, there was Facebook per say or you don't have Youtube or anything to be able to get out there and say it, but now even state home moms who don't have no TV shows or no means of getting it to the newspapers, they can just put it out there in the Internet and it gets picked up and everybody finds out. Melanie Raposo: Right. Dani: This is what's happened with the Facebook situation. Moniq