Men worried of breastfeeding voyeurs risk

Some men do not like the idea of their partners breastfeeding in public in case other men watch, while others are embarrassed, according to a survey.

Men’s concerns could be having a significant impact on low rates of breastfeeding among new mothers, research involving men from Leeds and Glasgow suggests.

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A father’s opinion has been identified as the most important factor in a mother’s decision about breastfeeding but a new study uncovered concerns over sexuality, embarrassment and social conduct.

Researchers from York and Brunel universities said some men viewed breastfeeding as a “sexual activity” and were heavily influenced by the idea that breasts were purely for sex.

They advised better education of men to address practical issues about breastfeeding.