‘Nurse-in’ at Chick-Fil-A Brings Awareness of Rights of Breastfeeding Mothers

by Alicia Lewis Murray on August 13, 2009

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.

The Law

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.

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*UPDATE — Aug. 14, 3:50 p.m.*

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cakeburnette August 15, 2009 at 8:30 am

good Lord. This topic makes me crazy. You know, boobs were made to feed babies, not to make men all hot & bothered. And your neck swivels and your eyes close for a reason. Not to mention that one has the ability to get up and turn your back if you see something you don’t necessarily want to see. I once accidentally “flashed” a guy in a restaurant, but he did not complain–rather he got a huge goofy grin on his face that embarrassed the crap out of me. (Although, in the interest of full disclosure, it happened in my sister’s attempt to “help” me adjust my nursing cape.) I guess I am lucky that I was not asked to leave or given a yucky towel.

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