Baby ban is a far cry from my time as a councillor | Letter

After Stella Creasy was reprimanded for bringing her newborn into the Commons, Amanda Baker recalls breastfeeding her two children while serving on Newcastle city council some 30 years ago without issue

Re Stella Creasy’s article (Here’s why my baby was banned from parliament – and why we must all fight this, 25 November), are we stuck in a never-ending time-wasting loop? Yes, dragging a horde of toddlers into the Commons would be mad, but why not allow a quiet breastfed baby, to enable a politician to sit in on an important meeting?

Back in 1989, a year after I was elected as the first black woman on Newcastle city council, I took my baby in with me and breastfed her at committee meetings and in full council. When I had my second baby I did the same, once breastfeeding her while chairing an area housing committee meeting.

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