Moms Harassed for Breastfeeding in Public Can Finally Report the Creeps & Get Results

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mom breastfeeding babyPerhaps only in America is it okay to walk around bra-less and in a sheer white top but a mom nursing her baby in public gets the cops called on her. The fact that 57 percent of those of us in the States think breastfeeding in public is obscene is proof that childism and discrimination against mothers is unfortunately alive and well. Bizarre since everyone needs a mom to come into this world and everyone was once a child ... who needed to eat to grow to be an adult.

When a mom is degraded for breastfeeding -- asked to leave, cover up, go to the bathroom, told to stop -- often she goes to the Internet to rally, look for support, or plan a protest. But Best for Babes stepped up and created a hotline, specifically to report and document these injustices against mothers and babies in hopes we can make a real change.

Breastfeeding in public is a right. There are people, however, who aren't aware of these rights, and it's part of Best for Babes' mission to get everyone -- store owners, security officers, restaurant staff, the 57 percent -- to understand those rights and respect them.

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For all the breastfeeding mamas, the number to call if you are harassed when feeding your baby in public is 855-NIP-FREE. If you're out at a restaurant feeding baby and the server tells you to cover up, call the number. If you found a quiet spot at the library to nurse and someone tells you to go to the bathroom, call the number. If you are in the mall breastfeeding and are told to leave, call the number. All reports will be documented for when BfB prepares to take big action with companies and legislators to help get that 57 percent to understand our rights. Hopefully to get that number way down. We need to get it on record in one spot to help those who can make big changes see this as a huge issue too many breastfeeding moms face. 

When you call, you leave a message and a BfB representative will call you back. You'll get support from these advocates who have also faced breastfeeding discrimination. They are working hard for people to see breastfeeding as the natural act that it is, and will let you know your rights, and suggest your next plan of action. All info will be kept private, too.

It's still so hard for me and so many of my friends to believe this is happening. Luckily it's something I never had to face when breastfeeding my twins, but I know far too many who have. There are so many messed up things in the world to get upset about and yet the sight of a mom feeding her baby is obscene? Because it's a breast? I truly feel that the person uncomfortable with the sight of a mother nursing her baby needs some sort of help. Their association of a child eating with something disgusting and indecent should be a clue they need therapy.

Until then, thankfully nursing moms now have a number to call.

What do you think of Best for Babes' hotline and initiative? Would you call if harassed for nursing in public?

 

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tuffy... tuffymama

Awesome! I don't know they can do anything to actually change puritanical throwback attitudes of society at large, but maybe they can keep women and babies from being harassed and generally treated like shit.

Venae Venae

Yep - boobs are great to look at unless there's a baby attached.  If a man sucks on breasts, that's erotic; if a baby's sucking on them, that's disgusting.  People are idiots.

javak... javakitty2011

agree Venae, you hit the nail right on the head


 

cmjaz cmjaz

About 6 years ago, there was a mom at the mall breastfeeding. She had both breasts uncovered for one baby. That is not right.

Lovex23 Lovex23

I breast fed both my children and plan to this one. I never had public backlash but unfortunately I had family who were not on my side. Even my own mother put me down for feeding my children past one saying its sexual abuse! I don't understand why you would nourish your child to one year then put them on cows milk! People need to wake up and realize breast feeding is natural and healthy. Its not disgusting or sexual! It blows my mind that 57% of people think its gross. When is feeding your the milk that was biologically made for them gross?!

Anna Potts

agreed even my mil wants me to stop asap but my dd will not at 13 months she still is going strong. but i have never been harassed in public but i cover up asmuch as i can.

SaphireH SaphireH

I only stopped b/c I ran out of milk but yeah I got shit for it from my mom all the time, she only did the recommended 6 weeks for me and my 2 sisters but it was because she claims the drs guilt tripped her into it. I personally hate formula but if that's what you need to do to feed your baby due to issues of any kind go right for it and I won't chastise the person either.

Emily Anibal

YES! People are ignorant. I usually have no problems, I look people in the eye while feeding and smile at them. Normalize nursing anywhere! If you can walk through the mall with a pretzel and a coffee I sure as hell should be able to properly nourish my child. Regardless of ignorant American bias. Minimum recommendation is TWO YEARS folks. TWO YEARS.

nonmember avatar Jennifer Durbin

I envy women who can breastfeed. My babies where born premature and i was lucky enough to breastfeed one of my children for 7months. My milk dried up every time because i couldn't pump enough or they wouldn't let me dry breastfeed so i keep producing or the hospital gave my son a bottle first so he wouldn't latch on. When i see people giving women grief about this i stand up for them i thank women who breastfeed. It natural and its what's best.

Samyra Bell

I would call them, then i would post on the facebook page of both the company and myself. I would also call an attorney

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