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Monday, August 19, 2013

Know Your Rights!

I wanted to tell you about something that happened to me not too long ago. I was told to "put it away" because it's gross while nursing Cecily. I was shocked that this happened. I have heard of this happening in other areas, as evidenced by the viral video below, but never did I think it would happen to me. I have received dirty looks and adolescent boys staring at me, but never have I been told to cover up. My first thought was "Are they talking to me? Then I thought "Did this really just happen?!" I honestly couldn't believe that this had just happened to me. 


I have always had issues with myself nursing in public without a cover because of my own insecurities about my body, even though think it's awesome that other women out there have no issues with it. But, now I have no choice since Cecily won't nurse with one anymore. So, I have had to get over it.

One of my former coworkers gave me these little business cards stating Indiana law on breastfeeding:

IC 16-35-6-1
Right to breastfeed
Sec. 1. Notwithstanding any other law, a woman may breastfeed her child anywhere the woman has a right to be.

I carry them in my wallet just in case. Never did I think I would have to use it though! 

Breastfeeding law varies by state. Do you know what your breastfeeding laws are in your state? 

4 comments:

  1. This issue has just been ridiculous lately. Darn American culture.

    Over by me, however, they took it too far and had a public "right to breastfeed" protest where a group of women got together in the mall food court and all nursed at the same time. That's not the point, either!

    Eesh.

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  2. THANK YOU for sharing! I never thought about this happening to me but I just went and looked up CO law (:

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  3. People are so bipolar on this! They agree it's best for baby but don't want you doing it! Ugh. Thankfully, I never had a problem breastfeeding in public.
    PS-Thanks for the info on breastfeeding laws!

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  4. I am sorry that happened to you! I was lucky I guess, bc I did bf in public with all 3 (less with the first, more with the others) and no one said anything that I heard at least!

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