Thanks for hopping over from Odd Socks and Lollipops and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt Day 2 Positive Public Feeding we have over £700 worth of breastfeeding and baby goodies up for grabs including prizes from Snoob with a breastfeeding scarf, a goodie bag from Forever Patricia and a breastfeeding necklace from Booby and the Bead. Full details of the Grand Prize can be found here and all entries to be completed via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
Positive Public Breastfeeding in Dubai
Following on from yesterday’s post on the start of my breastfeeding journey I now want to debunk the myth that breastfeeding in Dubai is frowned upon in public. Not only is public feeding acceptable, breastfeeding as a whole is celebrated.
Dubai, being a Muslim country, demands that you dress appropriately and respectfully. Which means shoulders and knees covered. With this a lot of people wrongly assume that public breastfeeding in Dubai would be a big NO NO. But you couldn’t be further from the truth.
The Qu’arn actually says that children should be fed until they are 2 (religious text in line with WHO guidelines!) which makes Muslim countries very pro-breastfeeding.
The mothers shall give suck to their children for two whole years for those who desire to complete the term of suckling
– Surat al-Barqarah, verse: 233
That one verse has made my breastfeeding journey out in Dubai nothing short of incredible. People look me in the eye and smile as I’m feeding. People go out of their way to ensure I have a seat. At soft play if the baby needs feeding the staff will keep an eye on the Toddler (and generally run him round and exhaust him, win-win).
Though all that said my personal preference is to feed in a coffee shop, mainly so I can indulge in a coffee and a cake, though having the Toddler with me means I generally feed in a soft play. I’m not sure what bad I’ve done in a previous life to make soft play such a predominant part of this one but I digress.
I choose to use a cover as I’m the least graceful person around and I’m likely to squirt you in the eye with milk otherwise. But you don’t have too. Plenty of ladies I know are not in possession of the ungraceful gene and discretely feed without a cover. There are even the ladies who I aspire to be who feed in their carriers as they go about their day. I need a lesson in this as I’ve not managed that successfully in nearly 3 years, please do leave any tips in the comments I use an Ergo if that makes any difference.
Breastfeeding is normal here. Breastfeeding is celebrated. Breastfeeding is just a matter of fact way of life. I love that there are no negative comments or sly glances. And it makes me sad that people experience these elsewhere in the world.
It makes me just as sad that people might be put off coming to Dubai because of unfounded fears on feeding, please don’t be! You won’t come across any negativity and if you don’t feel comfortable feeding in public? Well. We have some of the best, most comfortable feeding rooms going. None of your plastic chair in the loo scenarios here. Not Dubai.
Dubai – a breastfeeding heaven.
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BUT for those of you in Dubai, I’ve teamed up with Regina of Babylu Breastfeeding Necklaces and we are offering you a chance to win a beautiful necklace as part of World Breastfeeding Week. Please head over to Facebook to like the photo on Life with Baby Kicks Facebook page to be in with a chance to win.