Shelagh Fogarty is Leading Britain's Conversation.
15 August 2016, 14:09
This Is What Would Happen If Women Could Breastfeed At Work
A Government Minister says more women should be able to breastfeed at work. Nick Ferrari imagines how that would pan out.
A Government Minister says more women should be able to breastfeed at work. Nick imagines how that would pan out.
Nick was speaking with Sharon Spink, a mum who is still breastfeeding her seven-year-old and is training to be a breastfeeding coach. Not surprisingly she was hugely in favour of women being able to breastfeed in work - but Nick just couldn't figure out how that would work in reality.
"A baby's place is at home, not at work," said Nick.
Sharon responded: "A baby's place is with its mother...what if she has to go back to work?"
"But what about the distraction at the workplace?"
"Generally new babies sleep an awful lot," said Sharon. "What about all the self-employed mums who are out there? They manage to work with their babies.
"They are distractions! Work is work!" insisted Nick. "Look, I've had babies, children cry a lot...they cry because they're tired, they cry because they're hungry."
Then Nick hit Sharon with a hypothetical: what if he's on the phone trying to close a deal for £50m - when a baby in the office starts crying because it's got wind?
See how she answered - and Nick's fantastic crying baby impression - above.