Will you join ‘The Great Nurse-In’ in D.C.?

A nursing mom has decided to launch a Great Nurse-In this summer in Washington, D.C. to exercise her right to nurse in public but also to make people as comfortable with breastfeeding as they are with bottlefeeding.

Rachel Papantonakis is a mother of two who carries a La Leche League card with the public breastfeeding laws of D.C., Maryland and Virgina printed on it, according to iVillage reports.

From The Huffington Post:

” ‘There have been too many news stories lately about women being told they can’t feed their babies in places where they are legally allowed to do so,’ whe wrote on a Facebook page she created for what she is calling “The Great Nurse-In.” It is an event to raise social consciousness, a massive demonstration, to be held on the West Lawn at the Capitol, tentatively planned for August 4th during World Breastfeeding Week.”

” ‘It got me thinking… Wouldn’t it be cool to have a nurse-in on the National Mall? Just a bunch of nursing women, their babies, and supporters spending an afternoon on the Mall and nursing when they needed to in order to raise awareness about the law….’ ”

“As for numbers, she wants to draw 500,000 nursing moms — that’s one million boobs — to participate. (The event was originally going to be called the Million-Boob-March, but that changed because nobody wanted it to be confused with the pro-nudity Two Million Boobs March.)”

“If you’d like to participate or find more information, view the Great Nurse-In Facebook page or Twitter.”

What do you think? Good idea to help more people be comfortable with breastfeeding?

42 comments Add your comment

K's mom

January 27th, 2012
12:48 pm

No, No, and no again. I am so sick of women taking what should be a personal choice and making it a political issue. Women who organize things like this because they can are a lot of the reason that folks are so irritated by nursing in public to begin with.

I cannot nurse due to a medical issue that requires daily medication. My husband, my pediatrician and my OB are all ok with that. If I make the mistake of freely admitting that in public, you would think I beat my child. A friend of mine who had kids after a double mastectomy got accosted in public one time while bottle feeding her kid too. I think I will start the Bottle Feeders club and we will march on Washington. That is my right, yet no one will let me do it without questioning my intelligence and parenting skills.

Sorry to go off, but this is an issue that needs to go away. If your company does not provide proper nursing space, take documentation of the law to your HR and EEOC office and threaten an attorney. Pretty much everything else you can plan around. I have never heard of anyone being offended by a nursing mom who is modest and if they are it is their problem so stop making it a political fire storm.

Augusta

January 27th, 2012
1:16 pm

My nursing days are LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG gone…..

JOD

January 27th, 2012
1:20 pm

@K’s mom – ‘Nuff said, case closed :o)

K's Mom

January 27th, 2012
1:40 pm

@JOD…if I thought this were truly a women’s rights issue, I would buy a plane ticket and go. Instead I feel that this is a look at me and my choice and the fact than I am a better mother than someone who nurses modestly or bottle feeds.

I also read the entire post and of the three issues cited, only one seemed to have a real grievance. The Target incident was probably someone who was misinformed, not someone who was making a political statement. The courtroom incident was discussed on this board and bottom line a baby should not be in a courtroom, so again I do not see that as a political issue but rather a how to behave in court issue.

Soccer MILF

January 27th, 2012
1:56 pm

I would join in this crusade but I am too busy being a normal human being with common decency. Also….I try not to nurse after eating deep fried girl scout cookies. Lots of methane gas in the milk.

dc

January 27th, 2012
1:59 pm

Please don’t do another breastfeeding blog…..they’re worn out ok!!!!!!!

JOD

January 27th, 2012
2:11 pm

@K’s mom – I wasn’t being sarcastic; I agree with you 100% and think you said it well!

K's Mom

January 27th, 2012
2:18 pm

@ JOD That is the way I took it, I was just riled up and wanted add more to my thoughts ;o)! That is what I get for reading something that I know will make me mad!

Stacey

January 27th, 2012
3:07 pm

I agree with JOD; K’s Mom said all I have to say.

mom2alex&max

January 27th, 2012
3:13 pm

WTF seriously??

BusyMom

January 27th, 2012
3:19 pm

Yep…K’s mom seems to have summed it all up well.

JATL

January 27th, 2012
4:01 pm

Geeeez -people have gone NUTS. See your topic on the French being better parents. It’s obsessive idiocy such as this over a perfectly natural function that some do, some don’t and it honestly doesn’t matter in the end that is exactly what’s wrong with parents these days. EVERY little thing about raising children has become a crusade, a touchstone, a telling point about who you are as a person. It’s STUPID -and I use that word particularly because of the overwhelming outcry against its use by so many parents and schools -they treat it like the F bomb!

Get over breastfeeding. If you do it, did it -great. No one really cares, and I am SO sick of hearing about it!

Moochelle Obama

January 27th, 2012
4:36 pm

Breast milk is justr too fatty…..babies need a healthier alternative.

Barack Hussein obama

January 27th, 2012
4:36 pm

If moms make more then three quarts of milk per week then they need to give some to the poor mothers unable to feed!

homeschooler

January 27th, 2012
7:04 pm

Love that, Barack. I mean, it’s only fair, right?
I agree with everyone else. Enough already on the nursng thing. Do it or don’t do it and stop making it such a big damn deal.

Fred

January 27th, 2012
7:20 pm

I don’t mind you flopping that boob out just when ever and where ever you please because you are an exhibitionist as long as you don’t mind me watching and asking you for a taste.

If you have no manners why should I?

djm_NC

January 27th, 2012
8:11 pm

people really need to get a life. do they have nothing better to do than go however far it is for them to nurse their babies? please. i am a total advocate of nursing…but if you cant or just dont want to then dont..its fine. and if you cant nurse without showing everything you have then you probably do need to bottle feed. there is no need to be so umm…effing stupid?

"It got me thinking...Wouldn’t it be cool to have a nurse-in on the National Mall?"

January 28th, 2012
9:21 am

…nuff said – this woman is all about “ME”…next topic please…

Jane

January 28th, 2012
3:49 pm

I will be there. And I know several other mothers will be there as well. Why should so many other things that are done in public be ok, but not breastfeeding???
People just need to mind their own business. I don’t tell someone at a movie that they can’t eat popcorn because I don’t like it or I can’t and it offends me. So why should someone tell my baby that she can’t eat mama’s milk while we are out? Just like you can’t pack food into your bag going into a movie, my baby is not using a bottle to pack mama’s milk…that will give her dental problems. And its better fresh.

mom of 3

January 28th, 2012
7:50 pm

Of all the problems in the world – especially with children and mothers are marching on Washington to breast feed. And yet we wonder why our children are so selfish. Is it always going to be stay at home moms vs working moms – breast fed children vs bottle children – Stupid reason for a march

djm_NC

January 29th, 2012
12:15 pm

i breast fed all of my kids…and i did it whereever i was…if it is done discretely no one would even know its being done. maybe these moms need to go to a breastfeed discretly class or something. i had ONE person (who was actually a good friend lol) be shocked that i was nursing in a public place (35 years ago) and i told her if she wanted to eat in the bathroom fine…my baby wasnt. and really–no one ever saw my boobs when i was feeding my kids…it really can be done. this whole issue if breastfeeding in public is getting old. mom’s…show some manners and dont let it all hang out just because its natural! then the matter wouldnt even be an issue.

Mom2BabyM

January 29th, 2012
2:36 pm

Ah, the great breastfeeding in public debate….

I’ve been to many countries where breastfeeding in public is not only accepted, but, viewed as a beautiful, natural thing. Sure, they have formula available for those who choose to not breastfeed or for those who cannot breastfeed but it’s not like people gasp or stare in disgust over a mother who “whips it out” for her child.

I have always found it kind of funny that we as Americans are so divided on so many issues that really don’t need debate over. Example: I personally find it offensive to see half naked women splattered across bilboards in my town- nothing artful or tasteful, just tacky, half naked women trying to seduct people who drive by. I don’t call my local govt officials and protest- I let it be. Why? Because who cares. It’s not harming me. Or the Victoria Secret fashion show that is televised… I mean, here you have a beautiful woman, walking down a runway with her breasts VERY exposed, her nipples barely covered and as she turns to walk back, her butt is hanging out. Again, I choose not to watch it so I change the channel. I don’t have to sit and watch it if I don’t want to. I feel THAT sends a negative message to the girls in this country that in order to look beautiful, you have to be exposed and overly sexualized.

Breastfeeding isn’t sexy and it’s not meant to be. There is nothing gross, seductive, sexual or inappropriate about a woman nursing. Yes, they make nursing covers if you wish to be discreet. Yes, there are tactiful way to nurse without “whipping it out”. But honestly, who cares if somebody does? Why are we as a society more offended by a woman providing her child with nurishment but not by a woman who is dressed “sexy” and plastered all over our TV’s? What example would you want your daughter to see?

And every person that I know who breastfed their child never looked down on somebody who didn’t. Sometimes it’s a choice and sometimes its necessary that one doesn’t breastfeed. Maybe if we were more accepting as a society of ones personal choices, we wouldn’t be so quick to attack others. Bottom line, if there is something you see that you don’t like, turn your head or change the channel.

Working Mom

January 30th, 2012
10:49 am

I nursed my son the full year, and I got tired of people, especially friends, telling me they thought it was gross to nurse in public and asking when I was going to stop breastfeeding. If you don’t like it, don’t look. Now would I march in D.C. No! That’s just crazy! Find a hobby!

I don’t feel like bottle feeding moms get enough respect. Washing bottles is the worst!

js0610

January 30th, 2012
11:39 am

I agree with you K’s mom and I think you should start a bottle feeders club. I think it’s great that women breastfeed but I feel they are taking it to the extreme. Personally, I was not able to nurse due to my baby not latching and being colic and had acid reflux. I had nursing mothers and family members pressure me to nurse and to stop bottle feeding. Trust me, I tried! I dont think there is anything wrong with breastfeeding in public as long as you cover up. I dont want my children to see anything they’re not supposed to! These moms need to stop making such a big deal and making it seem like they’re better than bottle feeding mothers.

AMD813

January 30th, 2012
12:37 pm

If you don’t want your children seeing something they shouldn’t you better stop taking them out in public period!! Have you ever walked through a check out line? I’m sure you have so they have seen women with little clothing on there! Have you been to a mall? Well the ads that stores place out front for all to see are also very revealing! These women participating in the march are not doing it to put down bottle feeding they are doig it to make people aware of breastfeeding rights! If you have an issue with breastfeeding mothers I feel you are dealing with your own guilt! No one is asking you to stare at a breastfeeding mother, if you could even see anything because I have never seen a mother just whip out we breast and leave it there to show. Our society needs to realize that breasts are not here to be sexual they are to feed babies, if that wasn’t there purpose they wouldn’t make the milk. People just need to let others make their own decisions. I wouldn’t expect a formula fed baby to have to go home to eat so why should a breastfed baby be confined!

jarvis

January 30th, 2012
2:02 pm

Everyone feels oppressed. It’s such a f’ing joke.
I guess I wasn’t aware of the giant crackdown on public breastfeeding. Why not make it an official minority?

Poor us….let’s take it to the streets.

Breastfeed….don’t breastfeed…I don’t care, but FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, stop victimizing yourselves.

RJ

January 30th, 2012
2:05 pm

I breastfeed and bottlefeed. I won’t be going to DC, but I will continue to nurse discreetly in public. I really don’t see why this is such a big deal. Have you seen some of the bathing suits people wear in public pools, yet a baby eating is a problem?!

Nadia74

January 30th, 2012
3:30 pm

Lots of defensive bottle feeders on here. Weird.

Hippy Mom

January 30th, 2012
4:02 pm

I nursed my children until 8 and 9. They are now well adjusted living in a commune in nort Georgia.

Hippy Mom

January 30th, 2012
4:09 pm

My daughter in laws will be joining the nurse in with their 6 year olds! We need to voice our rights!

  

January 30th, 2012
5:31 pm

I don’t tell someone at a movie that they can’t eat popcorn because I don’t like it or I can’t and it offends me.

That most certainly is not the same thing and you know it.

If I were to whip out my girlfriend’s breast and go to town on it at the theater, you’d be screaming bloody murder.

GIVE ME A BREAK

  

January 30th, 2012
5:33 pm

Lots of defensive bottle, self-righteous breast feeders on here. Weird.”

There you go. Fixed that for you.

djm_NC

January 30th, 2012
6:29 pm

@Mom2BabyM–very well said.

Nadia74

January 30th, 2012
8:10 pm

No name, you explained the problem right there. You are sexualizing breasts with that stupid analogy you gave. Breasts have more than one purpose. Using them in public to feed your baby is not the same as how you and your girlfriend “use” them. You are just gross.

Nadia74

January 30th, 2012
8:13 pm

“Yes, they make nursing covers if you wish to be discreet. Yes, there are tactiful way to nurse without “whipping it out”. But honestly, who cares if somebody does? Why are we as a society more offended by a woman providing her child with nurishment but not by a woman who is dressed “sexy” and plastered all over our TV’s? What example would you want your daughter to see? ”

Agreed!

Recently, several women were saying they didn’t want to see that (breastfeeding) and that it should only be done at home. When I looked up their facebook pictures, cleavage all over the place. More skin than I have ever exposed nursing. Double standards.

Ron Burgundy\

January 30th, 2012
9:27 pm

It depends on the size…if we are talking hershey kiss in a nice C cup then okay but when they look like slices of baloney on a sagging utter then get a room!

  

January 31st, 2012
9:10 am

No name, you explained the problem right there. You are sexualizing breasts with that stupid analogy you gave. Breasts have more than one purpose. Using them in public to feed your baby is not the same as how you and your girlfriend “use” them. You are just gross.

Congratulations on your FAIL.

1) It wasn’t a stupid analogy. It was a comparison/contras

2) It most certainly is not “gross”. You can pretend men aren’t men and pretend that men don’t notice breasts all you like, but you CANNOT CHANGE HUMAN NATURE.

3) Whether or not breasts have one purpose was not brought into question.

4) Oh, I see that the tables have turned…as I pointed out, suddenly you’re calling it “gross” and hence showing offense to the idea. Now you know how others feel in public.

This idea that men are devils for being attracted to the female breast is preposterous.

Hence, those who are realistic are able to consider that there are repercussions when a body part such as the one up for discussion is exposed openly in plain view of everyone.

Man, it’s this self-righteous attitude and lack of looking at the big picture that sometimes I find so disappointing in people.

I have yet to hear a reasonable person say they don’t mind a baby being fed in a discrete & considerate manner. If anything, I certainly respect that far more that someone who attempts to show disregard towards others.

  

January 31st, 2012
9:11 am

I have yet to hear a reasonable person say they don’t mind take offense to a baby being fed in a discrete & considerate manner. If anything, I certainly respect that far more that someone who attempts to show disregard towards others.

EDIT

Scoobster

January 31st, 2012
9:24 am

Why does everyone have such a “hangup” with the boobs? From what I’ve been told, everyone woman has them – two in fact. Seems like a natural thing to me.

K's mom

January 31st, 2012
12:18 pm

I hope that those of you who were able to successfully breast feed and did not judge the bottle feeders will continue to spread that mentality to other breast feeders, because believe me it is not common. I have had “friends” and strangers question our decision and look down on me and I know I am not alone in that feeling amongst bottle feeders. I know my husband loved that I bottle fed because he felt very included by being able to help out with feedings immediately.

Again, if you can successfully do it I think it is wonderful, I just wish that my medically based decision was as generally respected in public as those of you who nurse claim that it should be.

Christina Combel

February 2nd, 2012
8:56 am

If you bottle feed your baby, then you will never understand the perils of breastfeeding. This isn’t a fight about which is better. Like many of you said, breastfeeding is a choice, and if you make a choice you should not be judged for it. If you ask any doctor, he will tell you that breastfeeding (if possible) is healthier for your baby than any formula. Breastfeeding in public was legalized to try to promote this choice. Mothers who breastfeed feel like they are doing the best for their child, but unfortunately it is very embarrassing to nurse in public, and it shouldn’t be. Even when I am covered up I get weird looks and rude comments. This nurse in is to make nursing in public more comfortable. If you always see nursing moms in public, it will be more normal and less people will judge because they are used to it! if youve never had to nurse in public then you really don’t understand our point of view and you can’t. Don’t bash an idea that you have no experience with. It’s not wrong that you can’t understand, but you don’t do it so you cant.

I can’t attention the nurse in because I live in louisiana, but there should be a national nursing awareness day. Everyone in the nation should participate!!!!!!!

Christina Combel

February 2nd, 2012
8:57 am