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英语文摘：英国百名妈妈当众喂奶(图)http://www.sina.com.cn 2011年06月23日 19:27 中国日报网-英语点津
Flashmob! Hundreds of mothers and their infants descend on The Grand Staircase at The Trafford Centre in Manchester。
A bold group of mothers gave a new meaning to the term 'flash mob'when they bared their breasts at a major shopping centre today to raiseawareness of breastfeeding。
More than a hundred mothers of all ages - some accompanied by theirpartners - descended on the Trafford Centre in Manchester to feed theirbabies in front of stunned shoppers to promote the start of NHS-backedNational Breastfeeding Awareness Week。
The proud women bore all in full view of customers sitting in theshopping centre cafes to highlight the health benefits of breastfeeding。
A stunned onlooker said: 'It's not every day you see that manybreasts while out doing your shopping. I suppose it's a good way ofgetting people to listen to the message. I fully support them.'
The Trafford Centre is backing National Breastfeeding AwarenessWeek 2011 - which runs from Sunday 19th to Saturday 25th June, backed bythe NHS Infant Breastfeeding Services - and has recently refurbishedits breastfeeding facilities for shoppers。
One mother, Jade Fitzmartin, 18, from Atherton, Greater Manchester,said: 'It's great to get together for such a good cause as we all knowhow important breastfeeding is. The flash mob was a really excitingthing to be part of, although in normal circumstances I would probablyprefer to use the breastfeeding facilities here。
'All new mums should take it seriously as an option when midwives and health visitors discuss it with them.'
Organiser of the flash mob event, Alison Healey, BreastfeedingCoordinator at NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan, said there were a number ofadvantages linked to choosing to breastfeed。
These included a lowered likelihood of common health complaints inbabies such as diarrhoea, ear and chest infections and eczema and animproved immune system。
'The likelihood of a healthy life for babies is greatly enhanced byparents choosing to breastfeed instead of feeding their baby withformula milk。
'When a new mum chooses to breastfeed she is also greatlybenefitting her own health as it can also help her to lose the weightshe might have gained in pregnancy and lower the risk of some cancers。
'New mums should feel proud of their decision to breastfeed andknow that they can get support from their local Midwives and HealthVisitors.'
Gordon McKinnon, Director of Operations at The Trafford Centre,said: 'We're a family friendly centre, which means we're fullysupportive of mums who make the decision to breastfeed. If they require acomfortable, private space in which to feed their child we have foursets of dedicated facilities including our new Laura Ashley-designedbreastfeeding suite, but we consider most public spaces appropriate andour retailers are equally understanding.'