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ACT judge thinks breastfeeding sucks

By Savannah - 13 October 2005 46

Did anyone else catch this morning’s 2CC call from the young mum who’d been told not to breastfeed her baby in court by some pompous judicial bully ?

He apparently told her she could not feed her crying baby because he wanted her to concentrate on what he was saying. The ACT justice system has been a standing joke within out without our borders for some time now, but this is really outrageous.

I think this man deserves censure by the community and his own peers in the legal fraternity for sheer bullying arrogance. The woman from the Breastfeeding group that Jeffreys asked for a comment said the young mum in court should not have asked permission (which is what she had done) to breastfeed, she should just have gone ahead and done it – then hizzoner would have had have to publicly reprimand her and some alert reporter might have a story.

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ACT judge thinks breastfeeding sucks
RandomGit 12:18 pm 14 Oct 05

theres a time and place for everything, while you are in court is not one of those times or places where breastfeeding is appropriate.

In the world of bonfire, this is true.

if everyone gets over the fact that they dont have rights to do anything they like because they feel they have certain powers or priviledges, that other mere mortals dont have, then maybe society will function a little beter.

They don’t ‘feel’ they have these powers, said powers are enshrined in law. They can or can not choose to be aware of them or exercise them.

What you would prefer ends at your nose, which is what you feel about other peoples rights of course. Too bad for you being outnumbered then.

Mr Evil 12:11 pm 14 Oct 05

I wonder if the judge wanted her to listen so she could avoid going to jail, and thereby spend more time with her child?

bonfire 12:08 pm 14 Oct 05

theres a time and place for everything, while you are in court is not one of those times or places where breastfeeding is appropriate.

if everyone gets over the fact that they dont have rights to do anything they like because they feel they have certain powers or priviledges, that other mere mortals dont have, then maybe society will function a little beter.

the whole ‘breastfeeding is ok whenever i feel like it’ argument is lost on me im afraid.

if you have a kid that needs feeding – perform that function in an appropriate time and place.

if you KNOW you will be in court – make arrangements for the care of your child.

RandomGit 12:03 pm 14 Oct 05

OK, so wanting to BF her kid wherever she is, as is her right, is not intelligent?

Take a long hard look in the mirror b.

Chris 12:02 pm 14 Oct 05

Having started this, I guess I should clarify the story of the 2CC caller in (who was the young woman at the centre of this) -i believe the issue was that her baby started crying from hunger and she asked the judge if she could feed him/her. And he said no. Not yet. So the baby apparently had to be taken from the room while she was spoken to, and then brought back when she was allowed to feed him/her. I don’t think her breasts were actually on view while she was being spoken to. But I concur with Bassman, it would have added to the stresses of both mum and hungry bub, particularly if the beak took his time saying what he deemed necessary to say.

bonfire 11:53 am 14 Oct 05

soft-headed adj. not intelligent.
derivatives – soft-headedness n.

it’s in the concise oxford.

RandomGit 11:29 am 14 Oct 05

Define this word of yours, softhead. It seems to slip and slide all over your social agenda without any real foundation beyond ‘people bonfire disapproves of for whatever reason or mood’.

bonfire 11:13 am 14 Oct 05

bassman – as i said, she should have made appropriate arrangements. she is clearly a softhead for dragging a child into a courtroom with her.

Smackbang 11:11 am 14 Oct 05

I don’t think the issue is really that a woman was breastfeeding in court, I think the issue is that she was apparently breastfeeding while the judge / magistrate was addressing her. I don’t think it is too much to ask that you pay attention to a judge / magistrate while they’re talking to you. If you’re being addressed then you should listen, and whether you’re trying to breastfeed or doing up your shoe, I think the judge / magistrate is within their rights to rebuke you.

Bassman 11:10 am 14 Oct 05

Bonfire,
When is an appropriate time to let a child go hungry?

Some parents choose to breastfeed only. That is their right as parents.
The large majority of women who breastfeed do it discreetly, so it hardly amounts to looking at some womans breasts.

bonfire 11:04 am 14 Oct 05

a court is not an appropriate place for this type of behaviour.

she should have made arrangements for the care fo her child.

i think the judge acted appropriately.

there is a time and place for looking at a womans breasts, and a courtroom isnt one of those places.

i hardly see how he is a bully for enforcing appropriate behaviour.

whoever this woman is, she is clearly a softhead.

Smackbang 10:20 am 14 Oct 05

It doesn’t stop you from hearing. It might stop you from listening.

Bassman 9:16 am 14 Oct 05

How does feeding a baby stop someone from hearing??

Do you feed with your ears now???

Mr Evil 8:40 am 14 Oct 05

Yes, but why was the judge wanting to her to hear what he was saying: maybe he thought she might learn something from what he had to say?

I’d take most calls to 2CC with a grain of salt anyway.

Kerces 4:12 pm 13 Oct 05

*mwah* you’re a honey Chris

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