When I see a woman breastfeeding her infant in a store, it does not occur me to be bothered by it. In fact, I barely pay attention as it is a very natural part of being human. Unfortunately with the onset of more formula babies and the fact that our country is very puritanical, we don’t actually see it a lot. As a result, people tend to get bent out of shape when they do see mothers breastfeeding in public places.
However, it’s good to remind people that it is a normal, healthy part of raising a child. This is why I was happy to see the “Nurse-In” at Target stores throughout the country following a situation before Christmas where one Mom was asked to cover up. According to ABC News,
Last month at a Webster, Texas Target store, Hickman began nursing her fussy, hungry infant son in the store’s women’s clothing section. Hickman, 35, said that eight Target employees eventually surrounded her and two asked her to move to a fitting room to finish nursing. The other employees, she said, rolled their eyes at her and gave her dirty looks.
Hickman said she tried explaining that Texas law allowed her to breastfeed in public, but the employees wouldn’t listen.
She was surrounded by eight employees? I’d think that spectacle would cause a far greater scene than a single breastfeeding mother. Kudos to the Moms that participated at the end of December!