Despite public breastfeeding being legal in 28 states, DC and many municipalities, moms are forever being told to "use the public bathroom" when they try and feed their little ones, even when they're discreet. Now, some moms are organizing to let other nursing women and their accusers know that babies and moms have rights.
In a Houston-area Target store, store employees gave one mom a hard time when she took a quick break from Christmas shopping to feed her infant. In response, the breastfeeding advocacy organization Best For Babes is organizing a nationwide Target nurse-in through a Facebook group.
In D.C., an attorney has filed a claim with the D.C. Office of Human Rights after DMV security guards accused her of indecent exposure when she tried to nurse her hungry infant in the hallway, using her jacket as a nursing cover. Simone de Santos was waiting for a traffic hearing and took her fussy 4-month-old into the quiet corridor to nurse. Blogging in the Washington Post, she wriites, "I was shocked, upset and angry that by providing food for my son, I was being treated like a criminal." The case is under investigation.
And in Brighton, England, dozens of moms participating in a breastfeeding flashmob turned the center of town into a stroller parking lot after a nursing woman was insulted by customers at a local deli.
Do you ever wish you could feel more comfortable nursing in public, or do you feel it shouldn't be legal? Are these womens' protests the right way to go, or all wrong? Share your views.