Baring the breast for whatever reason is wrong

Breastfeeding is healthy for babies but doing it in public without covering up is not a healthy sight (Disrespectful to post photo of breastfeeding mum online; March 20).

Baring one's breast, for whatever reason, is no different from what a flasher does.

Some people today embrace a "new morality". They justify bare breasts in fashion shows, movies and so on.

They argue that when a mother wants to do the right thing for her baby, the public should have empathy for the mother, who has to balance her need for modesty and the needs of her hungry baby.

Some have suggested that we should therefore condition ourselves to accept such "open" breastfeeding.

This is disturbing.

No matter what the reason, it is irresponsible and disrespectful to breastfeed without covering up, especially on a train.

Priscilla Poh Beng Hoon (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2017, with the headline 'Baring the breast for whatever reason is wrong'. Print Edition | Subscribe