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Mum leads breastfeeding charge
Sarah Saunders, with her daughter Madeline Sutherland, is raising awareness about breastfeeding.

Sarah Saunders is leading a gaggle of Mandurah mums who will travel to Perth next week to raise awareness about breastfeeding.

On Saturday, August 4, mums and supporters of breastfeeding will gather at Forrest Place for the 20th anniversary of World Breastfeeding Day.

Ms Saunders, who still breastfeeds her 17-month-old daughter Madeline Sutherland, is the Mandurah coordinator for the event.

She said the day was about educating people about breastfeeding.

‘‘As far as my personal view goes, I just want to make it a normal thing where people don’t even notice it,’’ she said.

‘‘I don’t want to put boobs in people’s faces or anything like that, I just want to make it normal so people don’t care that it is happening.

‘‘That’s the point of going up to the city, try and make people realise breastfeeding is a normal thing.

‘‘It’s not meant to be offensive or anything, it’s just the way you feed your baby.’’

Ms Saunders said she has been asked to cover up while breastfeeding in public and said some people still had misconceptions.

‘‘I think everyone is aware of it, but I’m not sure everyone understands it — I think it’s quite misunderstood,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s not a weird fetish thing that hippies do.’’

To get involved call Ms Saunders on 0433 267 900.

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