100 Women for Public Breastfeeding

Posted: January 27, 2011 by kjmessina in Uncategorized

On January 19th around 1 p.m., about 100 women gathered in a shopping mall in Montreal and collectively breast-fed their infants. This was not a coincidence. According to America Online, most provinces of Canada do not specifically grant the right to breast-feed. It seems to some too simple to require recognition , but not to 26 year-old Shannon Smith. She recently took her crying baby into the secluded corner of a clothing store to breast-feed and was asked to leave by a worker. Overcome with embarrassment followed by fury, she started a blog called breastfortheweary.com, where she shared her story and complaints about the matter. The matter instantly gained publicity as hundreds of angry women responded to the blog. A day later, a Facebook event was created for a nurse-in at a local mall, where those who signed up planned to gather and publicly breast-feed. By doing so they would declare their discontent and intent to feed their newborns wherever they choose.

The turnout was high, and people responded. Passers by said that they did not feel uncomfortable being surrounded by so much breast-feeding. The store called and apologized to Smith, and she was pleased with the way everything worked out. Women everywhere are still raising the concern. In several states, there have been laws exempting nursing mothers from indecent exposure laws and favoring them in such cases.

Here is a link to the article: http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/27/breast-feeding-canadian-moms-create-flash-mob-at-mall/?test=latestnews

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