Dallas Smith stood up for his mum Telaine when she was verbally abused for pumping breast milk for her son.
Dallas Smith stood up for his mum Telaine when she was verbally abused for pumping breast milk for her son. Valerie Horton

Readers left disgusted by rude woman

DISGUSTED was the word used to describe how Hervey Bay mother Telaine Smith was treated by a stranger when she was expressing milk for her baby.

The Fraser Coast Chronicle's front page story on Mrs Smith and her encounter with a woman that told her to "put her tits away" got a lot of people talking across the Fraser Coast and south-east Queensland.

Local John Oxley said the rude woman's reaction to Mrs Smith expressing milk was evidence of a larger problem in society.

"This story is actually more about a society that increasingly finds it acceptable to communicate in an abusive and disrespectful manner rather than a mother doing what mothers have done for millions of years," he said.

"We need to lift our standards people."

Fellow Chronicle reader Daisy Murray said she knew what Mrs Smith was going through with expressing milk.

"I full-time expressed for my son's first eight months... I had my tits out all over the place," she said.

"I certainly wouldn't have been polite if someone decided to violate my privacy in the back of my car.

"People pump in cars, buses, trains, gotta do what ya gotta do to keep the milk production happening and ensure you have feeds for your baby."

Mrs Smith's six-year-old son stood up for her when she was verbally abused in the Bunnings carpark, an act many readers found heartwarming.

"Good on him. Well done mum, you are bringing up a strong minded young man there," Natasha Hile said.



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