Breastfeeding now welcomed in Belgian Federal Museums

Breastfeeding now welcomed in Belgian Federal Museums
Illustration shows a breastfeeding flashmob action in Antwerp city centre. Credit: Belga / Jonas Roosens

Women are now welcome to breastfeed in the exhibition halls of Belgian Federal Museums, the Library of the Dukes of Burgundy, the Planetarium and the State Archives.

Starting Wednesday, 1 June, these establishments are joining the “Breastfriends” movement launched by Wheel of Care and Expertisecentrum Kraamzorg Volle Maan in 2018 to break the taboo on breastfeeding in public.

Breastfeeding can take place in permanent exhibit halls, temporary exhibit halls and places of restoration within the walls of the institution like a cafe or restaurant, as reported by Belga News Agency.

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"While the obstacles to visiting cultural institutions vary, one of these obstacles is only rarely mentioned,” Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) said. "Breastfeeding babies in public, however, is certainly part of it. Yet access to culture and social contacts are very important psychologically for breastfeeding mothers.”

Breastfeeding in public is protected by law in Belgium. This means women can appeal if they are faced with a negative confrontation when breastfeeding in a public place.

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