Target Calls Cops on Breastfeeding Mom

Really?  This is still happening in 2010?  A woman breastfeeding in Target was harassed and had the cops called on her.  Little did they know that the woman's husband, who was shopping with her, was himself a cop, and that the laws in their state fully protected this woman's right to breastfeed in public, as they should.

The mom told the local Fox affiliate, "Forcing me out of the store. Two security guards, the manager or team leader, two officers, they just made a spectacle and a scene. I feel like I can't go to that specific Target anymore."

I recently had a conversation with a friend in medical school where he insinuated that public breastfeeding was indecent.  Whereupon I asked him if he felt he was a hypocrite for promoting health, but discouraging the one act that could do more for public health than anything. 

What most people, not to mention medical professionals, don't realize is that the acceptance of public breastfeeding is an ESSENTIAL step to improve individual and public health.  When a woman does not feel supported to nurse in public, she will most assuredly turn to inferior forms of feeding her child, putting her child at risk.

I have found that the promotion of public breastfeeding lies on the woman's shoulders.  You have to just do it, and do it proudly with no apologies.  Only then will our society and medical culture come to value and protect this ever important act.

From the looks of the Target incident, we have a long way to go, but we can do it!  The more you nurse in public, the more courage that gives another young mother or soon to be mother.

To learn more about the breastfeeding laws in your state, click here.

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