Take a good look at the photos below. They are a reflection of myself and my children for almost 5 years of our lives. Yes, 2 kids and 5 years sitting in a bathroom stall -most of the time. Glamorous isn’t it?
It is amazing to me that FINALLY someone has taken note, after years of shame and millions of mothers hiding with their children in a germ-infested bathroom stall, FINALLY someone has noticed and is doing something about it. A group of students in Texas created the When Nurture Calls campaign to promote a new law that would essentially ban the harassment of breastfeeding women. Since Texas it’s still able refuse service to a breastfeeding mother. I know you all can probably pass judgment on mothers who don’t take a stand, like myself, but after getting uncomfortable stares, comments your opinion would probably change. Let’s face it, nursing is tough in the beginning and if you are as privileged as I am having a wiggly baby or a 3 year old who won’t wean does not make the situation any easier–that’s when you resort to the only ‘private’ place you know, like the bathroom to feed your crying baby.
The copy on the ads read: “Would you eat here? By law, breastfeeding mothers are not protected from harassment and refusal of service in public, often forcing them to feed in secluded spaces such as public bathrooms. To help take a stand, visit whennurturcalls.com, because a baby should never be nurtured where nature calls.”
Given, this is probably not always a problematic topic in other places in the world, but it really hits home and I am super-supportive of these pro-active ads.
What do you think? Are these ads accurate, or are the legalities of them set to start controversy and nothing else?