The buzz all over the place is about this ban that is set to take place, courtesy of some misinformed "City Manager" (is that the new "politically correct" term for "Mayor"?) who is going to prohibit mothers from breastfeeding their 2 year old (or older) children in public.
I'm not going to write about the ban, I think other people have covered that (right, This Daddy?!), so much as something else that is slated to take place. Word on the street is that there is going to be a "Nurse-In"...you know, a sit it, a protest, a movement to show this ignoramus "City Manager" that he has made a poor decision.
I am a huge breastfeeding supporter. I am a former Lactation Consultant, I help new moms breastfeed their babies every single time I work, I nursed my own 5 children for a total of 63 months.
No, my intentions for this post are to voice a concern that those who are going to participate in the "Nurse-In" have a huge responsibility on their shoulders. They can do this respectfully and make an impact...but I'm afraid (and I sure hope I am wrong) that there are some people who will take this "Nurse-In" to the extreme.
What I'm trying to say, is that I hope these breastfeeding mama's handle themselves and the situation with respect and dignity. Perhaps I'm being silly for voicing these concerns, but all it takes is a couple of inappropriate people, overzealously trying to make a point, to ruin the whole message that the "Nurse-In" is trying to make.
We want to see this ban fail...we want to show these people that public breastfeeding is NOT indecent NOR should it be considered nudity. It is a way of nourishing and comforting our children in the very best way we know how.
So, Georgians, here's to a successful, respectful, "let's sock it to 'em" Nurse-In. Show these people that their decision to ban public breastfeeding is a poor one. \
Just don't give "them" any ammunition...
Update: I feel that people are putting words in my mouth...in no way do I mean that I think people should cover up when breastfeeding. REMEMBER...I'M ON YOUR SIDE!! Breastfeeding is natural and normal and wonderful!! What I'm afraid of, is that in every group, there seems to be people who go "above and beyond" to make a point, you know, radicals.
I would just hate to see someone blatantly showing a breast to make a statement. I don't want the media or this "City Manager" to have ammunition to say, "See? This is why public breastfeeding should be banned."
By "extreme" I did NOT mean to imply that I think people at the Nurse-In should cover up. Do what you prefer!! Gah...did I make myself anymore clear?
Once again...I'm on your side!!! I'd be there nursing right along side you at the Nurse-In if I still had a breastfeeder (and lived anywhere near Forest Park!). Good luck...I hope you get this overturned!