breastfeeding in public

In defense of Elitch Gardens


So! Here’s yet another breastfeeding in public brouhaha! I will probably lose many readers who are breastfeeding mommies, but I just have to be true to myself and voice my opinion about this issue — again.

What is so wrong with being courteous of those around you if you are a breastfeeding mother and cover up, or as in the case of the mother breastfeeding in front of the daycare, move to an available room?

A woman was asked by two park security guards at Elitch Gardens, a Colorado theme park, to move or either cover up when she tried to breastfeed her 5-month-old by the wave pool. Sounds reasonable to me. She refused because Colorado state law does say mothers can breastfeed anywhere they have a right to be.

But, this is what really threw me.

Skrydlaksimlai, 28, of Spearfish, S.D., said the guards later got a supervisor, who in turn, got two Denver police officers to talk to her. By that time, she said she had finished nursing her son and pulled her swimsuit back up.

Pulled her swimsuit back up? That is just too much. I can’t take it. Babies have a right to feed, but other parents have the right for their children not to see another woman’s breast. I don’t care if a baby is at the end of it.

According to the Rocky Mountain News article,

Elitch Gardens released a statement that breast-feeding at the park is allowed, but noted: “Our concern was not that she was breast-feeding her child, but that she was exposed while doing so, making several guests uncomfortable enough to bring it to the park management’s attention.”

I’ve only read a few breastfeeding mothers’ work who agree with me and most of them are conservative Christians, which I am NOT. Rhonda Graham, a breastfeeding mom herself and opinion columnist for DelawareOnline.com once wrote:

It is self-righteous hubris to assert that you have no responsibility to consider the potential discomfort that breast-feeding creates when you share the public space.”

I am so glad someone, anyone agrees with me!

i

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