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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? 


  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!


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

  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!

  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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