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See What One Mom Did After Being Booted Out of a Store…for Breastfeeding

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

ingrid-hessonIngrid Wiese Hesson’s birthday discount from Anthropologie was burning a hole in her pocket. So she packed up her six-week-old son and headed over to the store in Beverly Hills. It was her first postpartum shopping trip, and it was a fruitful one — all told, she loaded up on more than $700 worth of nursing-friendly clothes, E! Online reports. The new mom was all smiles leaving the register when her baby began crying. He was hungry.

What she did next — find a chair toward the back of the nearly empty store, slip on a nursing cover and feed her baby — was perfectly acceptable. After all, California law allows moms to breastfeed in public. But the store’s staff felt otherwise and escorted the humiliated mom to the stock room bathroom, which offered only a toilet as a seat. The manager’s reasoning? “I thought you and the other customers would be more comfortable off the sales floor,” she allegedly told Hesson later, adding “we must be fair to all the customers, not just moms.”

Understandably enraged, Hesson walked out and wrote a terse email to management; the corporate office responded with a post on its Facebook page that disavowed what the manager told Hesson and promised to improve staff training and education. But that, apparently, wasn’t enough to assuage Hesson. She tapped into the frustrations of nursing moms everywhere who’ve been shamed while feeding al fresco and staged a breastfeeding sit-in at the store. “100+ women Breastfeeding at the Beverly Hills Anthropologie!!! Mommy strong! Refuse to move! Know your rights!!” she wrote on her Facebook page.

While I literally applauded Hesson after reading about her awesome comeback, her experience at Anthropologie is just the latest in a long string of incidents where nursing moms are coaxed — or sometimes forced — into feeding their baby in private, usually in a crowded back room or hovering above a public toilet. This is despite the fact that a woman’s right to breastfeed in public or private is protected by law in 46 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands. What galls me most is that nursing moms aren’t whipping out their breasts to shock and awe the public; they’re simply trying to feed their hungry children. It’s not some excuse to go all Bourbon Street in the the middle of the day; it’s a part of the job description. (And I don’t know about you, but some days it did feel like a job.)

My colleague Erika Rasmusson Janes recently wrote a great piece that questioned why people are making such a big deal out of seeing a mom with a baby latched on to her breast. After all, she wrote, ”breastfeeding in public is not immoral, indecent, or obscene. It’s not something that should be relegated to dirty public restrooms (or even clean ones, for that matter. Breast milk isn’t bodily waste, after all.)” So while it’s great when corporations offer up apologies, like Anthropologie did here, what breastfeeding moms need more is the freedom to do what they need to do — without all the judgment.

Tell us: Have you tried to breastfeed in public? How did it go?

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Image of sit-in courtesy of Ingrid Wiese Hesson via Facebook 

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Guess Which Celeb Got Personal for World Breastfeeding Week?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Forget cleanses and power yoga — breastfeeding is the new black among celeb moms. Case in point: A couple of weeks ago, we saw Gwen Stefani nursing 5-month-old Apollo during a trip to Switzerland. Then earlier this week, it was a pretty Glamour magazine pic of mama Olivia Wilde feeding her newborn son, Otis. Now musician Alanis Morissette is joining in with her breastfeeding selfie. In the sweet shot, the rocker mom is nursing her then one-year-old son, Ever, during her 2012 European tour.

Candid lyrics aside, the singer/songwriter is famously private but decided to post the throwback pic on social media to help promote World Breastfeeding Week, reports Ireland’s RSVPmagazine.com. The seven-day event is designed raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and help garner support for nursing moms around the globe. The personal photo should come as no surprise to her fans — the artist has made no secret of her opinion about breastfeeding. “I’ll breastfeed, and I’ll be breastfeeding until my son is finished and he weans,” she said during a 2012 interview with Access Hollywood. “I think it affords the child, when he grows up, to have a lot less therapy to go to. For me, I protect his safety and his well-being and his attachment. That stage of development is a very important stage.”

Well, I’m not sure about that whole therapy part, but I do agree that nursing is a great thing to do for your baby. The health benefits are numerous, and the bonding opportunities it gives you are tough to beat (trust me on that one). If you have the desire to do it — and the supply — it’s a no-brainer. And even though the “breast is best” mantra is preached during practically every pre-natal visit and in all the pregnancy books, I think it helps if unsure moms-to-be can see other people do it — and, in Alanis’s case, be proud of it.

Tell us: Would you share a breastfeeding selfie with your Facebook or Instagram friends?

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Image of Alanis Morissette and Ever via Alanis Morisette on Instagram

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