Friday, October 20th, 2017

Reasons To Stage A Nurse-In

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In 2005, Barbara Walters spoke on The View about her discomfort with nursing in public and particularly called out an incident on an airplane where a woman nursed her baby next to Ms. Walters. A group of parents and activists gathered outside the studio in a peaceful protest. I was pregnant with my third baby and was excited to be part of this nurse-in.

Much has changed over the last decade. Breastfeeding is promoted by celebrities and is seen as a good thing generally speaking.

As an IBCLC I mentor up and coming Lactation Consultants.

I was contacted by, Perrine, one of my interns last week. She told me that her friend was asked to move and to cover up at a store in Columbus Circle. Perrine is from France and wanted to know what the rules and laws are in the US and NYC.

The laws are clear, you have a right to breastfeed where you have a right to be in NYC.

My first thought was, “we need a good old fashioned Nurse In!” Perrine was thrilled. Thrilled to be able to stand up for her friend, to do something that could effect change and to take action. It was easy to put together. A quick Facebook event and a bit of sharing.

Last Friday, September 29, just before 10:00am I arrived at the Shops at Columbus Circle and the first thing I noticed just outside the store were these beautiful twelve foot Adam & Eve sculptures by Botero. They are impressive bronze statues that are nude. Of course, Adam & Eve are nude. I find it ironic that a woman wanting to feed her child in the most normal manner is told to turn away so no one can see her while twenty feet away from these colossal nudes.

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