The poll by Start4Life showed that 21% of women prefer not to breastfeed in public. The figures have been published as part of Start4Life’s campaign to support breastfeeding in public areas.
As well as publishing the findings, Start4Life has also launched a series of films in a bid to end the stigma of breastfeeding in public.
In the UK, it is illegal for women who are breastfeeding to be told to leave a public place or to cover up.
72% of respondents say they are in support of breastfeeding in public.
However, despite the majority of respondents to the survey being supportive of breastfeeding, 6 out of 10 mothers take measures to hide when they are feeding their infant and 34% say it is embarrassing for them.
In response to the Start4Life poll, the Royal College of Midwives Professional Policy Advisor Janet Fyle said: “Women breastfeeding should not be made to feel uncomfortable or guilty wherever they choose to breastfeeding [sic]. The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to stop breastfeeding, or cover up or leave a public place, such as a café, shop, or on public transport.”
The Start4Life poll received responses from 2,393 UK adults as part of the research.