And on to the next one

I received an email this week that just made me so angry. It was a letter from another mom who wrote that just last week the exact same thing happened to her. She says that she too was kicked out of a store for breastfeeding.

Last Thursday, April 21, a mom says she was asked to leave a public area of Les Promenades Saint-Bruno shopping centre on the South Shore of Montreal. The mother, Kama, says she was sitting on the garden swings on sale in the central area of the mall, breastfeeding her baby, when a sales clerk approached her and told her stop.

“She told me that I would have to leave because “C’est publique.” “Publique!?”,  I repeated, “Madame, c’est tres acceptable d’allaiter en publique maintenant.” She then carefully schooled her features into a more pleasant expression and said “Je n’ai rien contre ça, Madame. Ce n’est pas moi qui a fait la loi.”

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Carry On, Sister

When I first put up this blog, I thought maybe 30 people would read it. And I would know them all. Try almost 14,000 so far. And I definitely don’t want to know them all.

Why? Because some of them are truly horrible people.

I was kicked out of a store for breastfeeding and this blog has been a great way to get my story out. It’s also been truly inspiring the wonderful positive response I’ve received from complete strangers. Just go to my original post and read the comments.

On the other hand, there are still some people in this world who think that the best way to keep a woman quiet is to threaten her with violence. Yes, even for breastfeeding.

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Media Coverage

On January 5th I was asked to stop breastfeeding in a Montreal clothing store. Here’s a list of media coverage, so far. An especially big thank you to all the bloggers who took the time to write about the incident, and share their personal stories and thoughts on breastfeeding in general, and breastfeeding in public aka Nursing in Public (NIP), in particular. If you see anything I’ve missed, please leave a link in the comments. Continue reading “Media Coverage”

Allaite-In (That’s a nurse-in folks!)

Seems I’ve just been invited to a nurse-in.

Wednesday, January 19 · 1:00pm – 1:30pm
Orchestra – Montréal Complexe Les Ailes
677, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Montreal, QC H3B 1B9
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There is a facebook event here, if you care to join in.

Text from the facebook event page: “Le magasin Orchestra, est un magasin pour enfants (sic!) situé au niveau métro du Complexe les Ailes de la mode à Montréal.” Nice!

Merci à Genviève pour l’invitation. C’est très touchant.

And a gentle reminder that all are welcome, whether you are a breastfeeding mom, or a mom who bottlefeeds or otherwise doesn’t breastfeed, or even (gasp!) a man. You just need to be in solidarity with breastfeeding moms and breastfed babes and behind the right to feed your kids the way you like. After all, it would be a poor fight against exclusion that then excluded others.

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