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The Part Of The World Where People Literally Reach Out To Help Moms Breastfeed In Public

02/04/2015 02:54 pm ET | Updated Mar 29, 2015

While moms in America are often starred at or shamed for breastfeeding in public, the opposite is true in Africa.

According to Sarah Sensamaust, a blogger out of Burkina Faso, public nursing in Africa is a ritual that women have no reservations about engaging in -- they even aid each other in doing so when needed.

"Here, babies go everywhere," she told HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd on Tuesday. "They rarely stay at home. There are babies crying all the time... [and when] babies cry, that means they're hungry."

The mother of two daughters recounted the eagerness of African women to assist her in feeding her hungry crying baby, with absolutely no qualms about the concept of public nudity.

"I would be out and about carrying the baby and she'd start crying," she recalled. "African women have no problem sort of sticking their hand down your shirt and helping you along nursing them. They really quite encourage it."

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CORRECTION: This article previously implied that Africa was a country.

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