Free the Nurses!

They are trying to do so in Reading, PA!

Dozens of women staged a breast-feeding protest at the Berkshire Mall on Saturday to protest a security guard’™s recent action in telling a nursing mother to use a blanket or stop.

‘œIf adults get hungry at the mall, they eat,’ said 24-year-old Lindsay J. Turner. ‘œMy child needs [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

They are trying to do so in Reading, PA!

Dozens of women staged a breast-feeding protest at the Berkshire Mall on Saturday to protest a security guard’™s recent action in telling a nursing mother to use a blanket or stop.

‘œIf adults get hungry at the mall, they eat,’ said 24-year-old Lindsay J. Turner. ‘œMy child needs to eat, and he should be allowed to eat at the mall. Mothers should not be forced to breast-feed children in their homes. The babies need to eat when they get hungry.’

The breast-feeding women and other protesters, some carrying signs with slogans such as ‘œI was Breastfed in Public,’ said the ‘œnurse-in’ was a response to a Feb. 17 incident in which guards told Leigh Bellini, 29, of Shillington, to use a blanket or stop nursing her 7-month-old son.

‘œI am holding back tears,’ Bellini said before feeding her son at the protest. ‘œI can’™t believe how much support I have here. I wasn’™t expecting this at all.’

As many here know, I work in a pre-school setting, and we have childcare there for the littlest ones, those who are still nursing. I don’™t know how many times I’™ve walked into the room with a mother nursing. Thankfully they haven’™t flinched at my maleness and we all understood that this is the best thing for the kids. Silly issue, to my view. Women should be able to nurse whenever the kids need to and wherever they need to. Heck, even in church, but especially in a mall.

Monday, February 26th, 2007 by Richard Blair |
Category: Stupid

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