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  • 16 March 2014, 9:29

Facebook Slur Sparks Breastfeeding Protest

Hundreds of people have have joined protests in support of a mother who was branded a "tramp" for breastfeeding her baby in public.

A picture of Emily Slough was posted on Facebook alongside the derogatory comment after she was snapped feeding eight-month-old baby Matilda in Rugeley, Staffordshire.

The anonymous post has now been removed but it said: "I know the sun is out n all that but there's no need to let your kid feast on your nipple in town!!! trampled."

In response Ms Slough organised a demonstration in Rugeley town centre, at which some women breastfed their babies.

Similar events were held elsewhere across the country including Swansea, York and Milton Keynes.

Her campaign has also attracted a groundswell of support online, including Facebook.

Ms Slough, 27, said: "I was angry at the mentality of the person who tried to shame me for feeding my daughter.

"I decided to find our what mums thought. Now hundreds support me. It's fantastic.

"I remain very comfortable breastfeeding in public and so many others agree."

The National Childbirth Trust called the Facebook comment "dreadful".

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