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Ballarat mum cops flak for breastfeeding in public

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Tabitha Rickard was reduced to tears when an elderly woman berated her for breastfeeding her 2-year-old son in public, with claims that men passing by would find it 'erotic'.

The gutsy mum is now telling her story, to reinforce that breastfeeding in public is a legal right in Australia.

She is also concerned that being overly critical of new mums can worsen post-natal depression.

Ms Rickard runs Kangatraining Ballarat, a group that promotes attachment parenting and mother-and-baby exercise.