I wanted to share a quick update. I’ll make this long story short- So back in August of 2012, Noah was just 2 months old when then Beatties Ford Regional library, librarian manager, Ms Iris, asked me to stop feeding Noah where I was seated.
“Wednesday Wow! Breastfeeding In the QC,” by Kelle Pressley, qcsupermom, 22 August 2012:
I thought this would be a quick visit, but it wasn’t so I shift [my two month old baby] inside my white, thin, cotton shirt to feed him. The only thing visible was his soft curly brown locks. Seconds later a library volunteer approached me(twice),then the female security guard (twice), and finally the older female supervisor. The message was consistent, plain and clear. I cannot nurse at the computer. I had to stop, get up and go into their 8x10ft nursing cellar. I refused each time telling them I knew my rights and not only were they violating my rights as a library patron, but also as a breastfeeding mom.
The coverage with Dan from SafeLibraries was interesting as well –
@CMLibrary, which harassed #bfing @QCSuperMOM, has blocked me from reading its @Twitter feed! So much for #FreeSpeech! http://t.co/EwWrSABw
9/4/12 9:05 AM-Tuesday, 4September2012
@SafeLibraries Untrue. ^jd
9/4/12 9:10 AM-Tuesday, 4September2012
So yeah, I was heated for a long time. But got over it as the feeling of accomplishment
filled my spirit. Knowing that standing my ground would definitely encourage other moms to breastfeed with pride as well. And it did. The story traveled further than I have traveled so far. I could never be hushed for something I believe in- I’ve always been
stubborn like that. But here’s the update.
That little dark stuff room is now a nicer place to nurse. Of course if you want to let the liquid gold flow in the lobby you can, but, I thought I would share that with you.
I was there this week and ran into a long time employee of the library. She, Ms Vivian shared with me that it was created after my breastfeeding incident in 20I2. She then invited me to tour inside the newly updated nursing moms space. What was a flex space for small storage is now a intimate, cozy, tiny silo for all nursing mom’s.
I’m okay with that, but more importantly interested in ensuring more staff*, understand the importance of not breaking breastfeeding moments.
Breastfeeding is normal. It can be done in public by women who ARE more comfortable with it than I was with no problem. And the fact is, in most place, they’re protected by law to do so. – CafeMom
Breastfeeding is normal
-To all the new moms that a fearful, ashamed and any other way un-encouraged to feed your baby your liquid gold, please read this and understand that you are everything your baby needs to survive! It was given to us as a gift from God. Before there was formula, there was breast milk. And if you truly want to give your child the absolute best, go on and slide a boob up in your little ones mouth.
Today, Noah is a water loving, homeschooled, world traveling, garden sowing, basketball playing, Discovery place going, ChickFila eating, superhero!