Other initiatives this week for Belgium include the publishing of a map that shows the best places across Brussels and Flanders for nursing mothers looking to breastfeed or pump in a safe and quiet place, without judgement.
For the Ghent effort, Tondeleir was also motivated to bring mothers out of the isolation that came with coronavirus related lockdowns over the last year.
“Because of Corona, a lot of people are isolated,” said Tondeleir.
“The first weeks after giving birth are tough. That is why it is nice to bring them all together, so they can support each other and pull each other up.”
A hundred mothers and fathers came to the park on Wednesday to show support and be a part of the demonstration.
One of the mothers, Chiara, said that she used to always cover herself and her baby with a blanket while breastfeeding in public places.
“I had also noticed then that very few people breastfeed, certainly not in public. I had to get over that,” Chiara said.
“But at the end of the day, it is something that comes so naturally, and then you hear about women being beaten and humiliated for breastfeeding in public. That is not okay at all and that is why I am here today. It’s a boost to be here with other women and other mums who have also brought their partners.”
Chiara’s partner, Thomas, was also there to support the initiative.
“I definitely wanted to be there to support my wife and because I saw some risks in it,” he said.
“Of course, Citadelpark does not have the best reputation. But when you see that such a large group of people has come together, the worries are immediately gone. Now I can enjoy myself with my wife and child.”