I honestly don’t know if I would participate in a nurse-in. There hasn’t been one in our area…yet. Even if there had been, I’m not sure that I would go. I am an introvert, through and through, and I don’t do well with potentially being the center of attention. It’s one of the reasons why I didn’t nurse in public much with Abby.
There was a nurse-in in Memphis over a year ago. A mom decided to breastfeed her baby in the Social Security Administration lobby, and an officer asked her to breastfeed in the bathroom instead. She said that she was fine and cited her legal rights to breastfeed in public. She ended up having to cite her rights to an office manager as well. Needless to say, she left feeling very upset. She organized a small nurse-in that resulted in 5 mothers nursing in front of the Social Security Administration offices. You can read about it here.
I fully support these women for standing up and asking to be recognized. I really do. Breastfeeding is protected under the law in both Tennessee and Mississippi, though it was only last year that Tennessee amended their law to include children over the age of 1. It shouldn’t be an issue.
Maybe one day I will participate in a nurse-in. I’m not ruling it out. Because there are some things that are worth me getting over my introvert tendencies.
What about you? Would you participate in a nurse-in? Why or why not?
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