'Embarrassed': the breastfeeding poem that's gone viral

A mum has risen to internet fame after recording an impassioned poem about breastfeeding in public.

English mum Hollie McNish’s poem, called ‘Embarrassed’, has caused a stir since being uploaded on July 4. Looking at the common arguments against breastfeeding in public (“They said 'There might be young children or a nervous man seeing'/this small piece of flesh that they weren't quite expecting”), it has already been viewed almost 300,000 times.  

McNish said she wrote the poem after her six-month-old daughter fell asleep in a public toilet after a feed.  

“I was in town on my own a lot with her and the first time I fed her someone commented that I should stay home,” she wrote on her YouTube page. “Babies need [to be] breastfed every 2-3 hours. It’s impossible to run home … But I was embarrassed and for 6 months took her into toilets when I was alone without the support of boyfriend, friends, mum etc. I hate that I did that but I was nervous, tired and felt awkward.”

Then, as the poem says:

“But after six months of her life sat sitting on lids
Sipping on her milk nostrils sniffing up piss
Trying not to bang her head on toilet roll dispensers
I wonder whether these public loo feeds offend her?”

McNish also takes a swipe at the overwhelming use of formula-feeding in developing nations, with corporations:

“claiming 'breastmilk is healthier powdered and white'
packaged and branded and sold at a price so that nothing is free in this money fuelled life. 
Which is fine
If you need it or prefer and can afford to use bottles, where water is clean and bacteria boiled, 
but in towns where they drown in pollution and sewage
bottled kids die and they knew that they'd do it”

Watch the video of Hollie McNish’s poem ‘Embarrassed’ above.

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