There have been calls for the establishment of babycare facilities in public places. Breastfeeding in public is not a norm in higher sections of society, but is quite common in the lower economic sections.
Discreet breastfeeding in public is accepted in Malaysia.
But some mothers have protested their treatment, and if the practice is permitted by law, have taken legal action or engaged in protests.
Protests have included a public boycott of the offenders business, organizing a "nurse-in" or a breastfeeding flash mob, in which groups of nursing mothers gather at the location where the complaint originated and nursed their babies at the same time.
Public breastfeeding is common and widely socially accepted. Dutch law states that when an employee wishes to breastfeed her baby the employer is obligated to provide, for the first nine months after the birth, a suitable nursing room and allow for 25% of work time to be spent on feeding the baby or pumping while on pay.
A few countries, such as Saudi Arabia, expressly forbid women to expose their breasts in public, even to breastfeed.
Even though the practice may be legal or socially accepted, some mothers may nevertheless be reluctant to expose a breast in public to breastfeed Some mothers avoid the negative attention and choose to move to another location.
During a goodwill trip to the country, actress Salma Hayek breastfed on camera a hungry week-old infant whose mother could not produce milk.
Breastfeeding in public in China has traditionally been uncontroversial, and objection had been unheard of until 2010s.