While public breastfeeding is legal in most states, many moms face daily embarrassment, discouragement, and even harrassment for their choice to nurse their baby in a public space. An artist and mom from Pittsburgh created the milk truck to bring moms not only the safe place free from drama to breastfeed, but also "create a spectacle".
From the site: The Milk Truck is a mobile breastfeeding unit designed in response to the unfriendly environment toward nursing mothers in the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. The truck is dispatched when a woman contacts the truck (via call, text or tweet) after being hassled for nursing in public. The truck contacts its followers while enroute to the woman’s location and once there, holds a nursing party in front of the offending establishment. In addition to its physical presence, The Milk Truck is a community that makes connections through social media (photos, posts, tweets, blogging, and a real-time map of the truck’s location). Thought the nursing mother created a spectacle? Meet The Milk Truck.
Here's a video about the truck and it's mission.
What do you think? Would you call upon the Milk Truck to come to your rescue?
This is going overboard. Then again, I do not even like nurse-ins. Most people, if you respond politely (even if they are being asses) with laws and policies for a state and store, will usually back off. Honestly, I think most of the time, people are just ignorant. Shoving things like this in a place's face only creates an atmosphere of hostility instead of fostering education and knowledge.
Ugh this is so obnoxious. People want it to be the norm but they are pushing it way too far and forcing it. Women should just be discrete, and if addressed respond politely, and firmly state that it is their right and it is a very normal thing to do. End of conversation. When it becomes a huge ordeal like this people are going to get more offensive about it. I swear breastfeeding mothers are making a bigger deal out of it now than anyone else!!
This is really obnoxious and in your face. No wonder a lot of people are put off public breastfeeding. 99% of the time, if you need to breastfeed in public, you can sit down somewhere, and as long as you're discreet, nobody will care. Things like this are really off-putting. Breastfeeding parents make such a huge deal about this - if you want to breastfeed, breastfeed. If you don't want to or can't, then don't, but for the love of God, stop shoving your opinions down everyone else's throats.
Arresting a woman for tastefully breast feeding in public, no, let's go further, not tastefully breast feeding in public, would scandalize the police chief of that town. Whoever dreamed this up is making a buck off of it, when, we all know one of the benefits other than a ton of health reasons is you aren't paying for anything! I'd rather have a mom tastefully breastfeed in a restaurant than listen to her hungry baby cry. Or on a park bench, or a bench downtown, or anywhere. Personally, I used a very lightweight blankie that I lifted every minute or two just to check, and baby was great. But, if I see a mamma who hasn't covered herself, her baby has his/her mouth on her breast, covering the areola, and goodness, the way people dress nowadays ( my family included in this post), it's just not that different. Trust me, nobody's gonna get arrested, and if they do, all they need do is call the ACLU, or, Gloria Allred of L.A. to sue the crap out of the police force. It just wouldn't wash in court. Thank God.
Well, that takes breastfeeding from being something that you do because your kid is hungry, to something that you do because someone else doesn't like it. Something about that is off-putting to me. I think you can effect social change more easily by just going about your business.
This seems a little too much like two siblings putting their fingers in each other's space and saying "I'm not touching you! I'm not touching you!". Sure, they're doing something that's allowed, and they can't get in trouble, but they're also not helping breastfeeding to become more common or viewed in a more positive light.
I think women should just stand their ground but wear a cover when they're breastfeeding in public. I have nothing against it whatsoever, & if I saw someone breastfeeding while going about my business, I probably wouldn't even look or think twice about it, but it does make some people uncomfortable. And you know what? It's ok for them to feel uncomfortable.. People are uncomfortable with strange human bodies in general because as a society we are mostly clothed. It's just what people are used to. I grew up going to a nudist camp, and if you started breastfeeding there, no one cared because we saw boobs every day. But most people don't go to nudist camps, & simply aren't comfortable with the display. They probably wouldn't be comfortable if you took off your clothes & started walking around, either.
It's not that difficult to wear a simple cloth to cover yourself up. I know I will when I have kids. It's just common courtesy. Now, if you're covered up & you're still getting harassed, tell the person to stop being a prude & screw off. That's when they're being an ass for the sake of being an ass.
"Free from drama" and "create a spectacle" are not even in the same zip code. I don't like this. Really, the only time breast feeding should 'cause a scene' is if someone's got their prudish panties in a bunch, and then they're the dickheads. When you turn around and deliberately cause a bigger scene, you're being a dickhead. Even if a woman doesn't use a cover, breast exposure is limited. Quick nipple flash, maybe, but the baby's head is going to cover quite a bit. You'd see more skin at the beach.