Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Breastfeeding in Public....Perfect Time for a Nurse In

So being that today is Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras I thought that today would be a great day to do another blog post about breastfeeding in public, since the two seem to go hand in hand right?  Women showing boobs for beads from drunken men and others and moms breastfeeding babies and young ones in public for.....wait, they actually don't have anything in common.  The first is considered to be a sexual activity and the second is an act of feeding a child.  But yet there are still people out there, here and everywhere that see breastfeeding in public as a "gross", "dirty", "obscene" act, and there are many many more words that some people use to describe the act of breastfeeding in public.  Some people would put breastfeeding in public in the same category as showing your boobs during Mardi Gras.  Me, the father of four and husband to a woman that breastfed all three and is still breastfeeding our youngest as he nears the age of three, I can refer to breastfeeding in public as "eating", "needed", "necessity" and most of all to the mother and the baby "beautiful". 

Jacky from Mummies Nummies sent me an email a few weeks ago. She remembered that T and I were very active in the Forest Park Breastfeeding in Public battle that took place and I wrote about it a lot and T and the kids along with so many other parents and kids went and held a "Nurse In" in Forest Park and got a potential ruling changed that would have stopped the rights of moms to breastfeed children in public.  It worked. The Nurse In worked and I felt like my blog was a huge part of that and T going with the kids was part of a huge showing of support to all the moms and kids.

Well Jacky must of thought that I was a big influence too, because she asked me in the email if I would be willing to help spread the word about the upcoming Georgia Statewide Nurse In.  I didn't have to even think twice about it. The Nurse In which is being held March 5, 2012 from 10am -12pm, is designed to help educate others as to why there are certain laws in place allowing moms to be able to feed their children in public from a breast and not be asked to go elsewhere.

People have said "Go breastfeed your child in the bathroom" ? Really, would that same person eat their food in a restroom?  "Can you go to a changing room in the store?" Would that person like to have a snack in a changing room at a mall or shopping store?  And this one too, "Cant she just cover up?"  Well, I'm sure she would if she wanted to, but a mom doesn't have too.  These are just a few examples of what moms hear and see other moms go through and to me, that is where your crime is. I believe the crime is not in others having an opinion on matters, but when other try to tell you how, where, and when you can and should feed your baby is wrong.

I'm not a mom, never will be.  I don't know how hard it is for women to handle this.  I do know from first hand experience that when a wife calls up her husband from the local Atlanta Zoo and says "A security officer told me I couldn't breastfeed here and I had to move" it pissed me off and from that point on I made it my goal to be a husband and dad that not only supports his wife and her choices and stands beside her too. I made it my personal goal to try and be a dad that educate everyone on the importance of a woman's right to breastfeed in public, even if a person finds it to be obscene or whatever, its still the woman's right to feed her baby in whatever way she chooses.

I am going to be pushing this until the very minute it starts.  I am going to continue to be that dad that fights for that right for moms to breastfeed in public and not get stares, glares, hear nasty rude comments from others.  I am going to ask my friends (OK, they are not really my friends, but lets pretend) Bert, Carl, Tracey and the other members of the The Bert Show to help me spread the word about this upcoming event in March. Bert has said that "If people have an idea for the show they need to come in and be brave enough to be shot down or accepted", well I would even do that if given the chance. I know The Bert Shows - Berts Big Adventure is just one way they show they care about kids. I want to see if I can get them to help with this too. Just to help get the word and promote education about this subject and passion that so many moms and even dads have.

I am going to tweet and link so many people on this post. I want the Atlanta location down at the Capital Building on Washington Street to be filled with moms and kids and I want some public breastfeeding going on and I want people that don't like it to learn to accept it and at least understand that it is the woman right to feed her child and it is the babies right to eat off of the breast in public.

Thank you Jacky for the email and I am glad to help promote this in any way.

Kiss The Baby



Mummies Nummies February 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM   Reply to

You are one awesome Daddy! Thank you for sharing this event! I knew you were the one to contact!

Chrissy February 22, 2012 at 10:06 AM   Reply to

I appreciate you. I think it's important for men to speak out about this as well as women.

That being said, what's funny to me is that anytime I've seen a woman nurse in public, she's always covered up. It's not like I WANT to show my boob! I try to be discrete! But even then people make a fuss. I don't get it.

Mark February 26, 2012 at 8:35 AM   Reply to

I've never really understood the problem of breastfeeding in public. Perhaps it is because when I was growing up my mother was feeding my two youngest siblings without acting as if she had to hide. Was it done discreetly? Yes, for the most part it was. But there is something in the nature of breastfeeding itself that is not always hidden. The baby takes and releases. Watches their mom and just, breastfeeds. It is not like when you give your child the bottle and they tend to have at it until it is empty. The act of breastfeeding is slower and gentler.

Jump forward to this year. My sister in law has breastfed both boys and now their new daughter. She had one of those drapes that she wore around her neck to keep the kids in their semi-private enclosure. While doing so she would interact as she normally would with anyone in the room with her. Granted she would spend a bit more time paying attention to the child when they needed encouragement.

The point of all this rambling is that she is not an extroverted "look at me I'm breastfeeding and you need to get over it" sort of person. Just a woman that didn't feel the need (or probably the desire) to go in another room to feed the baby. I have a feeling it is like Chrissy said, "Its not like a want to show..." it is just part of the process to be sort of exposed while doing so.

Great article. I'm glad I wandered by to see what you were writing about. Thank you.

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