BBC radio presenter suspended after making offensive remarks about breastfeeding

DJ Alex Dyke is taken off air after saying breastfeeding is 'unnatural' and 'has to be stopped' in public

A BBC radio presenter has been suspended after making a series of offensive remarks about breastfeeding.

DJ Alex Dyke, who presents a phone-in show on BBC Radio Solent, sparked a backlash after he said it was “unnatural” and “has to be stopped” in public.

He said: “Couldn’t mums just stay at home and do it? I’m not offended by it, I’m just made to feel uncomfortable about it.

“You wouldn’t get ‘yummy mummies’… breastfeeding in public. Those kind of women wouldn’t do it because they’re very image-conscious and they know it’s not a great look.”

Dyke added: “I blame the earth mothers, you know the ones I mean, the ones with the moustaches, the ones who work in libraries, the ones who wear hessian, the ones always on Radio 4 on Woman’s Hour, they are always pushing the boundaries and making us feel uncomfortable.

“Breastfeeding is unnatural. It’s the kind of thing that should be done in a quiet, private nursery.

“It was OK in the Stone Age when we knew no better, when people didn’t have their own teeth… but now I just think a public area is not the place for it and fellas don’t like it.”

His comments led to an online petition calling for him to be taken off air. It has so far attracted more than 6,000 supporters, reports BBC News.

Dyke has since apologised on air for “any offence caused by his comments”.

The BBC has not yet said how long his suspension will last.