This is a Reminder for all Moms, Breastfeeding in Public is LEGAL and it’s not Weird
Let’s just start off by saying that breastfeeding is one hard job! I mean if you can do it, there should be no shame in your game about doing it in public. Feeding your child should never be looked down upon nor should it offend others. Especially in today’s world where so many things are becoming normalized. Breastfeeding in public is not weird or shameful.
Instead of normalizing viscous or criminal offenses why don’t we normalize the beauty of breastfeeding and take a standing ovation for all those mommas out there who are able to accomplish this tremendously hard fete.
Jennifer Mancuso’s Story
I came across Jennifer Mancuso’s post on Instagram and was immediately inspired! This woman is a mother of two gorgeous twin baby girls and has taken on the challenge of 100% breastfeeding both. If you ever come across her Instagram you will see countless images of her and her twins breastfeeding and it gives me chill bumps everytime I see her. Coming from someone who barely made it a few months breastfeeding, I can only imagine how accomplished she must feel!
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Starting of the New Year with a great accomplishment! . We always talk about how important breastfeeding is for the health of our babies, but it’s just as important that we acknowledge all the benefits to mothers as well. . • We recover from childbirth more quickly and easily because the release of oxytocin acts to help the uterus return to its regular size and also reduces PP bleeding. • Reduces rates of getting breast or ovarian cancer later in life. • May reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. • Creates a unique very powerful physical and emotional connection for us and our babies, making bonding much quicker, easier, and stronger. • It’s saves us a ton of money! Kellymom.com says the cost of exclusively formula fed SINGLETON is up to $3,163 (depending on brand). Breastfeeding my children just through their first birthday has saved me up to $12,652, just since Apr of 2014. . Cheers to an amazing new year of breastfeeding mamas! 🥂 . (Swipe left to see how excited Asher was of our accomplishment! 🤣) . . . . #breastfeedingmommy #pregnantmum #normalizebreastfeedinginpublic #lovebeingamom #postpartumrecovery #pregnancylife #newmum #wahm #maternitystyle #doulalife #babyiscoming #midwifery #crunchymom #babyledweaning #birthdoula #breastpump #worldbreastfeedingweek #breastfeedingisbeautiful #inspirepregnancy #breastfeedingjourney #pregnantlife #postpartumbelly #breastfeedingmum #motherssupportingmothers #liquidgold #breastfedbaby #bumpie #lactation #mommyhood #badassbreastfeeder
Jennifer was told by her daycare facilities that she was no longer allowed to breastfeed her twins in the open when dropping them off one day. The director of the school said,
“Hey Jenn, I’m gonna need you to nurse in the back. The employee break room (which is no bigger than a closet) is where you can nurse from now on.”
Completely dumbfounded Jennifer took her child to the closet room in the back and continued feeding her child. Not only does this break my heart it makes you wonder how many people out there still don’t know the laws of breastfeeding?!?! The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services states that:
You have the right to breastfeed your baby wherever and whenever your baby is hungry.
Soon after Jennifer told her story and picture to the public of where she had been shamed off to Daily mail picked up the story and her story started flying off the shelves. Her story would be heard by millions and people will soon start to understand that this simple act is not offensive and should not be taken that way. Or shamed away into a closed-off room!
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It finally happened to me in real life. And it happened at one of the places I feel most safe with my children: our daycare. . Because of my schedule with my older two, it works best for me to breastfeed the twins at drop off and at pick up. That way they are still getting mostly breastmilk through the day and maybe a little water or formula with their lunch. . For years, my children have gone here and I have made wonderful relationships with this 100% female staff. I’ve breastfed in the infant rooms rocking chairs as well as on the floor in the twins room and even a couple times in the lobby area. . Each time I am *always* discreet while not using a cover. . Tuesday morning I dropped the girls off like normal and began to start nursing Asher briefly before I left as she had not had any yet that morning. I started to nurse on one of the chairs and the director said, “Hey Jenn, I’m gonna need you to nurse in the back. The employee break room (which is no bigger than a closet) is where you can nurse from now on.” . Dumbfounded, I said “Wait, what?” She said her boss (the district manager who was in the day prior and witnessed me nursing inside my girls room, away from almost everyone) said that I am not allowed to nurse my babies in any of the public spaces and that it has to be in a private space – the shitty little closet break room. I responded saying that I don’t think that’s legal, what they’re telling me. She said, “It’s company policy because we have school age children.” . Pause – SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN?! As if implying what I’m doing is inappropriate for older children to witness?! . She continued that not only is it in their company handbook but because they are “private sector” that the Ohio Law of being able to breastfeed in public does not apply here. . The manager of the location chimed in and stated that also it’s to protect other parents who may find it offensive, because of their religious beliefs. . I literally scoffed out loud and said, wow, this is going to be great Instagram content. I will be sharing this. . #normalizebreastfeeding #breastfeedinginpublic #nursingmom #nursingmama #nursingmamaproblems #breastfeedingproblems #breastfeedingprobs
When Jennifer informed the Director of the daycare facility that by telling her to go feed her child in a private room was illegal they simply said.
“It’s company policy because we have school-age children.”
However, the state law states “A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location of a place of public accommodation wherein the mother otherwise is permitted.” Ohio Laws and Rules.
Jennifers response was simply, “this is going to be great Instagram content.” Which it should be, society has changed to embrace all people and breastfeeding in public should be included with these.
Final Thoughts to Breastfeeding in Public
Sadly there are hundreds of stories like this one and it will forever pull at my heartstrings. I would have killed to have been able to breastfeed my daughter this long but was unable too. Then to be looked down on for such an accomplishment?!?!? You should be ashamed dear sir! Jennifer is beautiful, her babies are beautiful, and her body is beautiful! Nothing about her or any other women should be looked down on. Especially when they just created another human life.. or two!