Mom Kicked out of Museum for Breastfeeding

Katherine - posted on 02/12/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Why are so many people afraid of boobs? Boobs, boobies, ta-tas. Especially when they are doing the actual bodily function they were meant for -- breastfeeding.

We have (yet another) story of a mom breastfeeding her baby and being told to stop. Noriko Aita was at the Hirshorn Musuem in Washington, D.C., sat down on a bench (in the basement, mind you, not smack-dab in the middle of a gallery, but the basement), and started to breastfeed her daughter.

Not one, but two security guards told her to stop, told her to go sit on a toilet to do it (I know, I hear the whoosh from the collective headshakes across America), and asked her to leave.

Of course, it is against the law what those guards did. Of course, the museum apologized to the mother and to the public. Of course, there's a "nurse-in" planned for Saturday to bring awareness to the fact that what happened was wrong.

You know what? The museum is welcoming the moms and families to do just that. I say good.

I applaud the museum for supporting this "nurse-in," not just because it's good PR, but because, really, the last thing any art lover wants to hear while trying to absorb the meaning of the masterpiece hanging on that gallery wall is the cries of a hungry baby.

I just don't get the hooplah, why this is even a debate? Sure, we shouldn't be flashing our boobs around willy-nilly, but nursing moms don't do that. A nursing mom just wants to feed her baby. Plain and simple. She doesn't want her kid to be hungry, to cry, to disturb the folks around her. Nope, she just wants to feed her kid. Every nursing mom I know tries to pick a decent spot, covers up the best she feels she can, and that's it.

People, it's a boob. It's a baby who is eating, happy and content, and not crying.

What's the bonus thorn for me and this story? The locale. A museum. A contemporary museum. Where I am sure there are elements of nudity in many of the pieces of art. So, I am not sure why the guards in this particular place had such a problem. Look around. There are naked boobies (and bums) all over the place.

And there will be more there on Saturday.

Would you join the "nurse-in"?

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Tameka - posted on 02/15/2011

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Ah, the ignorance of people! A girl I know on Facebook recently had a massive whinge about feeding in public. According to her "you all should bottle feed in public because it is tidier. Go sit in the bathroom where I don't have to see your tits." Foolish woman. When will people realise that bottles are the foreign objects in baby feeding not boobs??

Karen - posted on 02/15/2011

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I'd love to be a part of a nurse-in! Although, my daughter (27 months) would probably be too interested in all the other babies to actually nurse : )

Brenda - posted on 02/14/2011

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I'd do it. Though I'd be flashing since Nick has to have a hand on the other boob while he nurses.

Aleks - posted on 02/14/2011

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I was at a gallery once and I saw a mum walking around and nursing her infant. I looked at her and thought I wish my squirmy sucker would let me do that!!! lol (mine was a tad older than that, but way too active and curious nevertheless).

She saw me look. I looked away. I wanted to say, what I thought (above) and also tell her: Good on you!

But didn't :-(



Don't think she got kicked out, as I saw her in further sections of the gallery, particularly towards the end sections. Still holding her infant :-)

It was so busy and full of people that, tbh, I don't think anybody actually noticed. I did cos I am oh so clucky still and I check out all the babies :-p

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