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08/24/2010 at 12:00 PM ET

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Erika on

I personally don’t understand the point of a nurse-in. I understand why the mothers would be upset, I mean they definitely should be allowed to nurse their children in the McDonalds. But I personally would either boycott the chain or even make a point to nurse there the next time I’m eating there if I wanted to get back at them. But going there JUST to nurse your kids when you aren’t ordering something to eat is just silly. There are paying customers who came to eat at McDonalds, not to have their seats taken away by a bunch of nursing women who want to make a point to the managers. If I were the woman who was kicked out, I would definitely write a letter to the manager or complain to the chain or something- it was wrong and agaisnt the law for her to be kicked out. But the other mothers that attended the nurse in were not kicked out and it wasn’t really any of their business. If you want to breastfeed in public, it doesn’t bother me one bit, however don’t go somewhere just to make a statement about breastfeeding.

That being said, if I were the nursing mother, I wouldn’t be eating at McDonalds anyway. I don’t allow those toxins (from McDonalds or any other fast food place) to enter my body and I especially would think it’s worse while breastfeeding because now your baby getting them. Sure it’s probably not much but its still some thats passing through. I would go to a real restaurant that makes real, fresh food, rather than allowing the harmful substances in McDonalds food to enter my body or my child’s body.

Jacqui on

Erika, discrimination is everyone’s business. And look, they made their point, were understood, and got a lot of press. This is exactly the kind of attention the breastfeeding issue needs. It’s insane and wrong that anyone, anywhere, at anytime would have an issue with a mother feeding her child. Insane!

MZ on

The point is to generate press. It sends the message to not only that establishment, but others as well, that they need to follow the law and will be held accountable for not doing so. It doesn’t look from the picture like the women nursing were taking seats away from paying customers.

Gena on

I was at the nurse-in with my 7 month old, whom is breastfed. I did not loiter. I bought something (a smoothie, not very good. I never go to McDonalds.)

I was there to support nursing mothers and its utter normalcy. I was there to help with communicating on some level that nursing your child does not equate to urinating or passing stools, or having sex, and so forth. That those things tend to be done in private, and EATING, in fact, is NOT. Despite that a child nurses from a mother’s breast, it does not bring it to the same level as urination and bowel movements, nor to sex or masturbation. It is, in fact, a dependent child’s way of eating. Like it or not, women make milk. It is not a thing. It is what it is, and that is normal.

All in all, I was glad to have attended. I am glad it has also received attention.

We need to examine why people feel so uncomfortable/touchy about a mother nursing.

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