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Breastfeeding Flash Mobs & Nurse-Ins: Do They Do Any Good?

Friday, December 30th, 2011

I absolutely support breastfeeding–after all, I breastfed my own son–and I think moms should have the right to feed their children wherever they see fit. But I question whether the nurse-in that took place at 250 Target stores throughout the country yesterday, or the thwarted breastfeeding flash mob at a Michigan mall earlier this month, are a productive way to bolster public support for breastfeeding. I think they’re an excellent way for breastfeeding moms to support each other, but I suspect that these types of gatherings won’t really influence anyone who is against breastfeeding, or breastfeeding in public, to change their opinion.

Am I mistaken? Perhaps. I pondered the issue while we were making the five-hour drive from Bluefield, West Virginia, to Washington, DC, last night, with a feverish baby in tow, and I decided to ask the Facebook fans of High Chair Times what they thought. It was close to 10 p.m. when I posted this question – Are nurse-ins, like the one that just happened at Target, a productive way to bolster support of public breastfeeding?– but I got a few responses and here they are, in the order they were posted. I think all four women made excellent points:

“No, not because I’m against breastfeeding [but] because I think making all this noise adds fuel to an unnecessary fire,” Nesie said.

“I breastfeed and I don’t think they do any good,” Jessica said. “Personally I will feed my son in public if I want to, I’ve only had one person object, I told her it was my right to feed my child how I choose and she just left without another word. I just think that things like this make it easy for someone against public breastfeeding to have something to fight against.”

“No,” Kerry said. “It just makes the anti breast feeders think we are crazy. It’s one thing to feed your own child where you need to when you need to, but to stage a nurse-in doesn’t help. ”

“I haven’t read up on the one in Target, but I’m itching to participate in something like that,” Kate said. “I hear of too many moms who are afraid to breastfeed in public that I’m happy to make a stink out of it if it will convince at least one mom to say to herself, ‘Well, at least I’m not behaving like THOSE people, I guess I’ll give it a try.’”

What do you think? Are nurse-ins and breastfeeding flash mobs a good way to bolster public support of breastfeeding?

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Breastfeeding Flash Mob at the Mall: Would You Participate?

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Mary Napoli, of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, organized what was supposed to be a peaceful breastfeeding flash mob at a local mall yesterday–only to have security shut down the event before it began. Napoli, one of 11 women who came to the event, had just sat down to begin breastfeeding her son when a security officer told her to stop, according to the Troy edition of Patch.com.

According to the report, Napoli asserted that the mall manager was objecting to breastfeeding out in the open, not just the flash mob. When she questioned the mall manager whether he allowed nursing in the mall, he replied:  “Not in public, we don’t.”

Edward Nakfoor, spokesperson for the Somerset Collection mall, said in a statement issued Sunday evening that the mall does allow breastfeeding, though it does not allow “demonstrating or protesting of any kind, as we are private property.”

(If the name Mary Napoli sounds familiar to you it’s because her controversial You Tube video went viral last month. Napoil claims her sons covered her living room in flour when she took a “five-minute bathroom break,” but some people insist the video is a hoax.)

In my opinion, women should be allowed to breastfeed wherever they see fit–but organizing a flash mob to make that point is misguided. Instead, just live your life and nurse your child when he’s hungry (if you’re nursing).  What do you think? Do you side with the moms who planned to participate, or the management who wouldn’t allow the “mob” to take place?

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