Yet another Public Breastfeeding Incident

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Some people just don’t get it.

Breastfeeding is not only completely natural, it’s just good for your baby. While not every mom can or wishes to breastfeed, those that do deserve plenty of respect. Somehow, though, there are those in our society who continually refuse to recognize just how important it is that a breastfeeding mom be allowed to do so with dignity.

Last month, a breastfeeding mom in Webster, Texas learned just how close-minded and difficult some people can be.

The woman found a relatively remote corner of the store in which to feed her baby. Employees of the store insulted her and asked her to breastfeeding a dressing room of the store.

Not a national policy

Target has generally been in favor of allowing public nursing, and even has an official corporate policy on the practice. They support public nursing, as long as it’s done discreetly, which the mom was doing. Yet, some employees weren’t familiar with the policy and decided to make an issue of it.

A national response

It’s easy to feel a bit bullied when something like this happens. However, this mom instead created a movement. She created a nurse-in at Target stores, with more than 7,500 supporters on the Facebook page.

Breastfeeding and the law

Currently, 45 states have laws that support breastfeeding in public. That said, many employees don’t seem to realize just how important the practice is, or how humiliating it is to be asked to feed your child in a bathroom.

It’s not just men, either. Many women – some of them moms who have breastfed in the past – have been part of the overall problem. Somehow, this basic act of feeding your baby has become something that should not only be treated discretely, but relocated to a place where you’re completely out of sight.

This isn’t a new problem, and it’s not likely to go away any time soon, either. The best we can do is to continue to raise awareness, and talk about the issue. Perhaps one day women will be able to feed their infants without insensitive onlookers declaring it a social crime.

So, what do you think? Have you encountered this kind of resistance to public breastfeeding?

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