Breastfeeding mom asked to leave public library computer room – UPDATE

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.

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This the exact shirt, day, position, and hour with which Noah’s feeding was violated.

Wednesday Wow!  Breastfeeding In the QC,” by Kelle Pressleyqcsupermom, 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 –

SafeLibraries
@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

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cmlibrary
@SafeLibraries Untrue. ^jd
9/4/12 9:10 AM-Tuesday, 4September2012

(Click here to read it all)

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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.  img_20181007_165114_555

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.

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Today, Noah is a water loving, homeschooled, world traveling,  garden sowing, basketball playing, Discovery place going, ChickFila eating, superhero!

When Food,Clothing, and Shelter Isn’t Enough

Big ups for the parents that provide clothes, food, and shelter for their child (ren)!

It’s not always easy, yet you have shown commitment, honor and determination to your family. THANK YOU! But are you preparing them for life after high school? Do you know what your child may be interested in?  What might she/he study as an profession?

As a parent, you have the ability to help your children develop critical, advantageous skills for a lifetime!

Here’s the scene~ The family is sitting around the house. Dinner has been served and laundry is done. The children are playing outside. This happens day in and day out for many days. Nothing more nothing less. Child eventually graduates from high school.The family tell child to leave and be happy.

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What Else Do YOU Need?

Parent: Sweetie, I’m so proud of you. Graduation is coming  up really soon. What will you do?

Child: I know. I haven’t given it much thought. I don’t know what I want to do. What do you think I should do? I haven’t seen anything I ever wanted to do.Maybe I could model,  rap, or something?  I do get lots of hits online.

Parent: Hmm, nope! I’m so sorry. I guess I haven’t  exposed you to many options and opportunities.

So what do kids need outside of the basic, food , clothing and shelter? Opportunities! Like this one….. Charlotte Youth Broadcasting  If you don’t  expose your child to different professions, skills, -positive experiences,  there is no way they will know what they like and dislike. Resulting in them taking longer to satisfy  their need for self sufficiency/self-actualization.

I’m gonna do you a favor and share with you what other families are saying about Charlotte Youth Broadcasting:

My  son Jordan has been to many camps and after a day or two, that was just another camp. Not the case after attending CYBC!! The CYB Camp allowed him to have a hands on experience at WBTV and WCCB. The video clips, photographs and the techniques that were used to enable him to be confident in front of a camera are priceless!

                    Watch This Video From Charlotte Youth Broadcasting Click Here!

Jordan was able to go behind the scenes with the real folks, sit through a live taping of a 12 noon news at WBTV and walk their own RED CARPET, yes I said RED CARPET!!! Ms. Antriece made all of this and much more possible at this week long camp. Please sign up your kids to attend the Charlotte Youth Broadcasting Camp, it will change and spark a new fire in your child’s life!!! It did for my Jordan!”

CYBC

 Our Camp encourages campers ages 10-12 and ages 13-17 how to work with each other combining diversity, using broadcast media, technology, and engaging them with others in an increasingly broadcasting world. They will learn the basic media tools in a fun collaborative environment which provides our youth with the skills to utilize the media technologies in a positive and productive way. This camp is a great way to break the fear of public speaking and will teach campers how to articulate.

 Camp Cost: $300.00 per week w/Lunch & 2 snacks 

Deposit $60.00 (non-refundable) to hold camper(s) weekly space. Remaining balance paid prior to or on the 1st day of camp, or pay the amount in full to hold camper(s) space.

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Friday Four: I’m a eat clean train mean get lean-Professional

Take a last  look, now say goodbye!

Take a last look, now say goodbye!

I know how to loose weight. I just don’t do well with keeping it off! ( That’s what I always say.”She must’ve been reading my mind!”) What I didn’t know was one of my daughters favorite news reporters was on a no sugar challenge and fitness mission. I read her story and felt like she was reading my mind, heart and soul. Her level of transparency was great. I too love my curves, but I know that I dare not put back on the catsuit I wore 15 years ago. (My daughters use it as a costume now.) I’m so impressed by her. If you love life and is a rooter for the under dog, you will be to!

Here’s what Ms Brigida Mack shared:

If you’ve ever struggled with weight then you know the power it can have over your life.  Power you often feel helpless to change.

There are so many stories of that struggle out there. This is mine.259ea894a17411e29f2e22000a1fb37d_7

Full disclosure: I’ve never been one of those slim women. Even as a teenager, my high school boyfriend endearingly (or so he thought) called me ‘Voluptuous Bri’. The truth is, I’ve always embraced my curves. Didn’t mind being called ‘thick’, ‘bootylicious’ or ‘stacked’. Until those curves started to negatively affect my health. But you wouldn’t know that to look at me. You wouldn’t know the number it did on my self-esteem.

Why, you wonder?

Because I always had this big smile on my face, ‘dressed to the nines’, make up and hair ALWAYS on point (even before my life in TV), in hopes that (somehow) people wouldn’t notice the weight. So I would keep people laughing, winning them over with my ‘big’ personality, trying to compensate for my rapidly expanding waistline. Trying to hide my shame and embarrassment of being overweight. A pain that’s left deep scars and known only to those closest to me.

Did you know I’ve lost the weight before? In 2009, I dropped 50 pounds in six months. I know how to lose it – the key is KEEPING it off.

That’s when my trainer Tracy, challenged me to give up all processed sugar for 90 days.  On the way home from my session that morning, it hit me: you never really win the ‘war on weight.’ It’s a battle you choose to fight every, single day for the rest of your life. Lulled into complacency by my success in 2009, before I knew it I was gravitating more to the vending machine at work and the drive-thru on the way home and, of course, the weight came back –with a vengeance!

People ask me how I can resist the temptation of sugar or how I’ve managed to go without it for so long. All I can tell you is that I got sick and tired of being SICK AND TIRED. I was fed up! Done letting the weight control my life. Done with the excuses. Done with keeping up that (exhausting!) charade.

So — I, an admitted chocoholic, and a gal who’s never met a carb she didn’t like — joined #TeamNOSugar for 90 days.

You can, too. Just decide to do it. Take back your power and walk into the life of your dreams!

So, are you in?profile_177967586_75sq_1363660908

Here are 4 ways to avoid sugar. And yes, I’m doing these also -Chocolate demon -BE GONE! (these are my tips):

1.Get rid of it! If it’s otta sight, it’s outta your mind (most times) Tip: Read labels for hidden sugars & sugar aliases
Hidden sugars: tomato sauce, baked beans, packaged foods, chewing gum, mints, and lunch meats.  Sugar aliases: corn syrup, dextrin, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, high-fructose corn syrup, galactose, glucose, honey, hydrogenated starch, invert sugar maltose, lactose, mannitol, maple syrup, molasses, polyols, sorghum, sucrose, sorbitol, and xylitol.

2. Drink more water,chew a stick of gum while exercising-but add fruit, mint tea,or herbs. Exercising helps pretty much everything, from depression to joint health. You can add sugar cravings to that list.

3.  Recruit someone to do it with you. Get another mom to hold you accountable! Make it a team effort. support one another through the tough times.

4.Increase your protein intake.Often our bodies will exhibit cravings for sweets when what they really need is more protein. Consider cleaning out all of the change and single dollar bills in your wallet so you aren’t able to feed the vending machine. Make sure you fill up on gas when someone is with you. Go grocery shopping after a meal, so you don’t load up on unhealthy foods.

Here’s a recipe to get you started- compliments of

jayeellis  

Morning Metabolism 8oz Green tea 1/2 cup Blueberries 1 Lemon 1/2Avocado 1/2 Grapefruit 2 Oranges 1/2 banana 1 tbs flax seeds Peaches & Cream 1 cup frozen peaches 1 tsp cinnamon 2 Dates 8oz Coconut milk 1/2 cup pineapple 1 frozen Banana 1 tbs honey (for my allergies) Carrot Pineapple Cupcake 3 carrots 1 cup pineapple 1 inch ginger 1tbs chia seeds Cinnamon Nutmeg 1 cup water