Well I was about to head off to bed, but I saw an article on MSN and it got my creative blogging juice flowing. (Okay did that make sense? lol) Okay so here is what happened.....
I was sitting on my comfy couch....(still am) and I was shutting down the ole pink computer when I saw a news article......The title: Moms Protest Target Stores I clicked on it thinking why.....what happened at Target. I need to stay up to date on things like this now...even though I am new to the Mommy life....I am still a Mama Bear now, and need to be aware. (at least that is what I tell myself)
So I click on the article and find that it is really about a boat load of women who were breastfeeding in public out of protest all because another woman in some small Texas town whined about it on her facebook status and that caught the attention of the NIP....or in other words....the group of women who.....(Dun, Dun, Dun.....) Nurse In Public!!!! (lighting just flashed across the screen flashing black and white!!!) Yah I wasn't scared when I read it. Personally I wondered if it was a bunch of women who don't shave their legs or armpits. You know the Granola girls....
So someone wasn't treated just right when they were nursing in public at a Target store. Apparently she was in a corner being discreet about it. Cool....Good for her. She was hassled by some employees, and then given incorrect info from a CS rep that said the law does not apply in the Target store. Now personally......If this had happened to me I would have been really embarrassed about the entire thing. Yes I would have been upset.....but not so much as to condone a Nurse In where hundreds of women go to a store in protest of the horrible way she was treated and Nurse so openly in public.
Now don't get me wrong......I understand that a Baby needs to eat. I understand that they don't wait for you....you wait on them hand and foot....and sometimes dang it you have to drop what you are doing and feed them NOW...or 5 minutes ago......or their entire world might fall apart. lol But I also don't feel it is something that has to be done while standing in line at the store. I mean personally I think it is something very, very special between you and your child. I think it is a way to connect to with your child. How are you doing that while walking down the isle trying to pick out a new shampoo, or nail polish color? I think it is something private. I am not saying women should have to hide while doing this....but I am saying that I think it is something very private. I personally would go to my car or a dressing room in the early days when I was trying with my son. He could never latch, so I have ended up pumping this entire last year. And that means interrupting shopping, eating, and whatever else I am doing to go pump. I mean people would have a huge cow if I was pumping while shopping. I have done it in a dressing room, restroom, my car, a few friends bedrooms, a few hospitals when I couldn't make it home in time. I have even pulled over on the side of the road, and while driving.
My point is.....I really believe this is something that should have been dealt with by contacting the branch GM, and if it didn't seem resolved or that they were not aware of the law....then contact the corporate office and let them deal with it. I mean is it really necessary to have this big showy nurse In and flaunt it all over the country...in a way harassing Target Inc. for a few employees mistakes?
I view breastfeeding as something sacred, special, and private. NOT a public affair. And also I don't want some perv watching me.
I would love to know your thoughts. Only kind words....No arguments please... ;0)
-So maybe my point did not come across the way I wanted it. I never said all nursing mom's should hide. I don't believe in that. I have no problem with a Mama nursing in public, Church. I thought I came across as supportive to nursing, just not the Nurse In. I meant when I said only kind words....not to attack with words...I wanted your point of view in a kind way, I did not say only my point of view. I love you ladies, and I love being a mom. Just because I choose not to do this so openly, does not mean I think that other women don't have the right to do so. I usually need a plug to pump, so if that means I have to sit in a locker room bathroom...so be it. I never meant to come across as if I choose to be private then others should as well. It is how I choose to live my life, not how I think others have to. I just don't think a Nurse In is the way to go about things.
Thanks ladies!! ;0)