Date
18 January 2017
A nursing mother was forced to take a taxi to pump breast milk as her workplace didn't have suitable facilities, a social media post says. Photos: HKEJ, CNSA
A nursing mother was forced to take a taxi to pump breast milk as her workplace didn't have suitable facilities, a social media post says. Photos: HKEJ, CNSA

Woman hires taxi to pump breast milk amid workplace problem

Parenting groups have been urging the Hong Kong government to ensure more facilities for nursing mothers, pointing to a shortage of breastfeeding-friendly venues in the city.

According to a survey conducted by UNICEF Hong Kong in April, nearly 40 percent of mothers have had unpleasant experiences or faced complaints while breastfeeding in public places.

Well, the situation hasn’t really improved much, with nursing mothers finding that they have to take unusual measures or go the extra mile — sometimes literally — in order to complete their tasks.

social media post reveals that a mother actually hired a taxi for about half an hour one day last week so that she could gain private space to pump breast milk.

According to a Facebook post written by a taxi driver, the woman wanted to pump breast milk so that she could bottle-feed her baby after work. 

The cabbie wrote that the working mother got into his vehicle outside an office building in Central and asked him to drive along a road and later return to the same starting point, Apple Daily reports.

Rather than wanting to go someplace, the passenger just wanted to be in the taxi so that she can pump breast milk for her infant, the taxi driver wrote.

Before starting to pump milk, the woman used sanitary spray to freshen up the air in the taxi.

According to standnews.com, the mother told the taxi driver that there is no space at work to pump breast milk and that she did not want to do it inside a washroom.

With no alternative, she decided to take a cab during a dinner break to do the task, she said.

The woman is said to have spent HK$180 on the cab fare. The taxi driver said that though the money was good, he doesn’t really want to see such cases.

There should be better options for breastfeeding mothers than taxis, he wrote.

According to an online survey on “Breastfeeding in Public Premises”’ conducted by UNICEF Hong Kong between April 22 and 26, over 80 percent of 3,545 mothers said they have breastfed in public premises such as shopping malls, restaurants and parks.

Almost 40 percent of the respondents said they encountered unpleasant experiences, including being stared at, being advised to breastfeed in other places or being complained about.

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