Today is the day of the Great Virtual Breast Fest sponsored by The League of Maternal Justice. A virtual nurse-in is being held at 10 a.m. (your local time) today.
It’s so frustrating to me that here we are in the year 2007 and we are having to fight for something as basic as a baby’s right to eat because of people like Bill Maher who equates breastfeeding to masturbation and Facebook who bans breastfeeding photos because they are “obscene,” and restaurants like Applebee’s who insist that breastfeeding women cover up as if they are doing something shameful.
It is my sincerest hope that by the time my children are grown, Ava will not have to deal with opposition for breastfeeding her children in public. That is why I participate in these things. In hopes of bringing about a change for future generations.
Here’s a video of us participating in the breast fest:
And here’s a link to others who participated in the nurse-in. 🙂
In light of the recent case of breastfeeding in the spotlight – this time with close-minded and unapologetic Applebee’s (if you haven’t read about it yet, be forewarned – it might make your blood boil to hear how Applebee’s handled a complaint that a woman was nursing her baby in the restaurant –…the company responded with a letter stating “we are considering keeping blankets in the restaurants for use by breastfeeding mothers that may not have them readily available,” with the intent that mothers will be forced to “cover up”.), I thought it’d be fun to share a video I found with tips to make moms more comfortable with nursing in public. While many moms don’t have any qualms about feeding their babies, others feel more shy about it and could use some helpful suggestions to get them over their fears.
After you watch the clip, if you have some advice to offer other moms, please share it in the comments. Let’s make a great resource for new moms to turn to to help them feel at ease with feeding their baby wherever they might be.
My tips for nursing in public:
1. Instead of buying an expensive nursing tanktop, wear any old tanktop underneath your shirt. You can lift up your top shirt and pull the tank down to expose your breast. This keeps your tummy and back covered up, which are honestly the parts of me I care about people seeing. Who cares if they see a little boob, I just want my belly and back fat covered. 😉
2. Carry a “license to breastfeed” card with you in case anyone questions your right to feed your baby and know what the breastfeeding laws are in the state where you live (or wherever you are visiting). The law is on your side. 🙂
3. Don’t be afraid to look around at other people while you are nursing. Smile, carry on conversations. You don’t have to hide or be apologetic.
4. If you see another mother nursing in public, be sure to give her a smile to show your support. 🙂
Please add your own suggestions/tips in the comments.