Today, a coworker told me about a nurse-in (a bazillion moms decent on one location at the same time, to nurse their babies in public) that is happening tomorrow (Friday) at a local Chick-fil-A. We chatted about it at lunch and I didn’t think anything more of it. Then, I read about it on the Moms at Work blog and posted a comment.How It Started
Apparently, there was a woman who was asked to cover up while feeding her baby at a Chick-fil-A — she was, allegedly, handed a kitchen towel to do so … from the General Manager. You can read the story here and here.
If I didn’t have to work tomorrow, I’m not sure I would attend myself, but I have to support those who are willing to do it. There is a Florida law protecing the rights of mothers to breastfeed wherever they need to. I stress the word *need.* When a baby needs to eat, she needs to eat NOW. Not, when it is convenient to be in the *appropriate* place.
I’m not a mom who can breastfeed well in public. It’s the part I’ve never been comfortable with. The best thing I ever bought was a nursing wrap so that I was always covered. But not everyone has one or can use a wrap. Nor is it always convenient. I bet this General Manager never tried to hold a wriggly, hungry baby in one arm, and with the other hand pull up his shirt, unattach or move a bra, get the baby’s mouth appropriately attached to his breast — all while trying to stay appropriately covered. If he had, I’m sure he’d never brought over that kitchen towel.
I can appreciate any patrons of a restaurant or public place, not wanting to see any breast parts, but the reality is that women can’t always hide it when a baby needs to be fed. We need to educate people that this is natural and if you don’t want to see it turn your head. As a breastfeeding mother, I try to be sensitive to others and always cover up, but if the only way my baby is going to get a meal is for me to show some boobage for a few minutes while I sit eating my chicken sandwich and waffle fries, then so be it.
*UPDATE — Aug. 14, 3:50 p.m.*