Breastfeeding ‘Nurse-In’ at Target; NASCAR Driver Takes Heat

[ 0 ] December 29, 2011 |

Breastfeeding moms protests woman’s treatment at Target while discreetly nursing her baby. Have you ever been “bullied” or disparaged while nursing your child in public? Do you feel it’s OK for moms to breastfeed anywhere in stores, or should stores provide more private rooms or locations for nursing moms?

A breastfeeding mom’s right to nurse is taking center stage once again.

More than 250 protests took place at Target stores across the country Wednesday as mothers held “nurse-ins” to assert their right to breastfeed their children in public. The protests came after one Houston-area mother, Michelle Hickman, said she was asked repeatedly on Nov. 29 to relocate to a fitting room after she sat on the floor in the women’s clothing department to discreetly nurse her 5-month-old son, who was covered by a blanket. Hickman, who organized a Facebook campaign to encouraged the “nurse-in,” says she was approached by two female employees who asked her to move to a fitting room. Hickman said one of the employees allegedly commented “you can get a ticket and be reported for indecent exposure.”

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“It’s not about bullying people or other people and their choices,” Hickman told MyFOX Houston. “It’s about supporting people and their choices. It’s a legal right, and it’s my choice to do it that way, and because it’s my legal right I shouldn’t be bullied.”

“Target has along standing policy to embrace breastfeeding and to make our guests feel as comfortable as possible while doing so,” said a Target representative.

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In June, genConnect reported a story which centered on a 32-year-old mom who says she was kicked off a Michigan bus after discreetly breastfeeding her infant on the bus. We asked genConnect readers whether we need stronger laws in the U.S. protecting nursing mothers – and many of you think we do! Of the 1,768 of you who took the poll, 77 percent said “yes, nursing moms need more protection,” while 20 percent said “no, the laws we have are good enough.” Three percent said “I’m not sure.”

Meanwhile, NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne apologized for commenting on a breastfeeding mom on Twitter this week.

“Just walking through supermarket. See a mom breast feeding little kid. Took second look because I was obviously seeing things. I wasn’t!” Kahne wrote, then added: “I don’t feel like shopping anymore or eating.”

Kasey Kahne

Although Kahne took some heat for his Tweets, he also received a lot of support from people – even breastfeeding moms – who said women don’t have to flaunt their breastfeeding in public; rather, there are many ways to be discreet about it. Kahne then wrote this on his Facebook page:

“I understand that my comments regarding breastfeeding posted on Twitter were offensive to some people. For that, I apologize. It was in no way my intention to offend any mother who chooses to breastfeed her child, or, for that matter, anyone who supports breast feeding children. I want to make that clear. In all honestly, I was surprised by what I saw in a grocery store. I shared that reaction with my fans on Twitter. It obviously wasn’t the correct approach, and, after reading your feedback, I now have a better understanding of why my posts upset some of you. My comments were not directed at the mother’s right to breastfeed. They were just a reaction to the location of that choice, and the fashion in which it was executed on that occasion. I respect the mother’s right to feed her child whenever and wherever she pleases.”

Tell us: What do you think about moms staging a “nurse-in” at Target stores across the country? Have you ever been “bullied” or disparaged while nursing your child in public? Do you feel it’s OK for moms to breastfeed anywhere in stores, or should stores provide more private rooms or locations for nursing moms?

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