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Mothering: Lactation and the Law

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Post Options Post Options   Quote jessmomto2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jul 2008 at 10:07pm
I was so P.O.'d when i heard about it.  NY even has a law that allows women to go topless!  They can ask you to cover yourself, but they can't make you.  I don't know how they thought they could arrest her!
Jess

Wife to my Rick (5/04), homeschooling mama to Kara (11) and Aidan (7), and our preemie Anna 12/31/12. Raising our kids to know and love the Lord.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote marblessed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Jul 2008 at 10:54am
a new incident:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25353789/

I am told there is a federal law protecting nursing mothers, allowing them to nurse anywhere, they normal have freedom to be, on federal property.

yuck!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fluffy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jul 2008 at 4:03am
Reading this stuff just makes my blood boil.  What is wrong with people?  It's a boob, get over it!
 
I hardly ever cover up when NIP and on occasion will use a lightweight nursing cover, depending on who's around.  My immediate family (parents, sister, grandma) could care less - they were all bottle-feeders, but I broke them in with my first dd 13 years ago, lol, so they're used to it now.  I generally get the baby latched without revealing much of anything, and then my t-shirt drapes to cover the rest once baby is latched.  I actually don't mind NIP at all - I'm more inclined to cover or feel weird when I'm with friends/acquaintances who are weirded out by breastfeeding.  The general public can just bite me, iykwim.
 
I've never, ever been harassed for bf in a public place, though I once got a very dirty look from a sour-looking clerk at a DMV b/c I nursed my 2 y/o dd.  I usually don't NIP much beyond age 18 to 24 mos, but she was fussy and cranky and bf was the only way to quiet her down. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ryansmom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Jul 2008 at 6:19pm

I can't say I care if anyone looks at me if I am NIP, but how weird to have someone come up and say " we have a nursery". That would probably bug me.  I've never noticed anyone BFing in public, but I hardly go to the mall, maybe I just have my head in the sand. Anyway, good job everyone for taking care of your babies!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote trulyprecious Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2009 at 2:42am
I am late reading this but the info is great.  Some of my friends who are not yet parents are put off by nursing but I cover with a light blanket and have made a habit to just NOT pay attention to those around me.  DH is supportive and what I care most about is what is best for my LO.Approve
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dec1st Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Oct 2009 at 3:02pm
I NIP.  My DD won't let me use a cover up.  When she was two months old I had one old lady come up to me and complain "You shouldn't be doing that here!   It's unhygienic!"  I was in a food court.  I was stunned for a moment then burst out laughing.  She left in a huff.

It was my only negative comment.  On the other hand, I've had five or six people come up to me to cheer me on.  Which in a weird way was more awkward because I want to concentrate of nursing, not talking to a stranger.

I'm aiming for the WHO gold standard of two years, but I will be interested to see if I get more negative comments as she gets older.
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