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When is the war on breastfeeding going to stop?


One anonymous Louisiana mom shared a photo of herself to Breastfeeding Mama Talk's Facebook page in which she's weeping in her car, breastfeeding her 3-month-old. The story behind the tears? She was kicked out of a dance recital for nursing.

"Why am I in my truck instead of in an air-conditioned building watching my friends' children dance? It's because I had the gall to feed my baby without a cover," she composed. Ugh.

Obviously, moms at the move studio whined when they detected her nursing her infant — then studio staff went to the nursing mom's friend instead of speaking to her directly. Brave move (not).

"She had to come tell me that I was no longer welcome in the dance studio unless I covered while feeding because it was inappropriate for the children to see," the anonymous nursing mother said. "It has beaten me down because all at once I have been told by an entire company and it's collective customers that I and my sweet baby are not welcome."

There's something extra horrifying about shaming a breastfeeding mother in a dance studio full of little girls. The sexualization of breasts rages on in a place where (we'd hope) body positivity and strong female role models would take center stage — and we find that incredibly sad and disappointing.

"What kind of example are we setting for the future moms of tomorrow?" the nursing mom wrote. "I'm just more upset that it's a place that claims to empower young girls when they take the one thing that should empower all women and twist it into something considered shameful enough that it has to be covered." Agreed.

In any case, not everybody concurs with this nursing mother's POV. Although the Breastfeeding Mama Talk post drew much support (and 7.2k perspectives and tallying), there were a lot of negative analysts railing.


"Get over yourself and cover up. Do you think you have it that bad and that you are discriminated against because you want to breast feed without a cover or are you just disappointed that you can't whip out your breast in public for all to see? My babies never once had a problem being feed under a cover and I never once had any problem with feeding my babies under a cover. Grow up, turn the truck's air on and move on," said one miffed peruser.

What occurs next? All things considered, this mother says she will come back to the studio to examine the matter in full with the proprietor — yet this time, pressing Louisiana state laws in regards to nursing.

Our fantasy? A world in which a breastfeeding mother doesn't need to stroll around with nipple pads and state legislation in her purse.
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