Thank you very much again for all of your comments. The quick and varied reaction we received to our post was, to be honest, not quite what we'd been expecting! We've read all of them (many times over!) with great interest and appreciate that there are some strong feelings for and against staging a peaceful, friendly breastfeeding "protest".
Yes, we own and run a business selling breastfeeding scarves. Yes, we would like our business to succeed. Yes, we work hard at what we do. We do this because we feel passionate about giving mums a choice when feeding their babies. Our aim when setting up our business was to promote choice and a confident breastfeeding experience for mums. Both of us breastfed our own children and definitely had times when we felt less than comfortable breastfeeding in a public place! Sevenoaks is a lovely, leafy place, it's true, and it's probably very unlikely that a similar Emily Slough experience would happen here. But Emily's experience was not an isolated one, and we simply wanted to act in support of breastfeeding as a choice and widen awareness that there are still occasions when breastfeeding mums are made to feel uncomfortable (intentionally or not) whilst breastfeeding in public.
We would love to see Sevenoaks and West Kent follow many other areas in signing up to the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme, and will continue to work hard to garner local support to do this. It is a hugely positive initiative and is working very successfully in other areas. Even if it helps just one mum in the area to feel more confident and comfortable breastfeeding in public, then surely that has to be a good thing!
From the comments our post received, it is clear that this issue is a highly emotive one. We honestly don't want to cause any offence, and certainly don't want our efforts to detract from something we believe is worth talking about. So we will now not be organising the event ourselves. However, if anyone out there would like to go ahead with the event, supporting choice and highlighting what we feel is a tremendously important issue, we will wholeheartedly throw our support behind you! In the meantime, if you'd like to learn more about the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme, please check out the following links: