So, OP here. Just wanted to share my experience with another Lactation Station.
OK, So 2 state fairs in one week. At they KY state fair there was a "Rock n Relax", hosted by a hospital- a place to go and nurse and also to change baby. There was a poster inside the area that had a bunch of illustrations on it, titled "Surprises while Nursing". It was pretty old but a couple of them were pretty offensive. There was a scene where a little girl sees her mommy nursing and says "my baby is hungry too!", and the mother looks disgruntled at the little girl.
In general this one was nothing like the other one. There were signs in all the bathrooms right above the changing stations that said "ATTN: Rock N Relax is located at aisle......"
I was changing my baby in the bathroom and a lady said to me, "You know we've set up a place for that..." and began to give me directions as though I wasnt welcome to change her in the bathroom.
I also NIP when I was a good hike away and I got several dirty looks and heard two people say (not to me, but about me) "You know, there is a place for that"
I felt like in this situation, the signs in the bathroom alerted everyone to an alternative place for mothers. This made people feel like it was a place we were supposed to go instead of a great place they were offering us
And it sounds like you're assuming people were wanting you to go to the "nursing place" when no one said that to you.
Maybe I am completely wrong, I wasn't there, but I think we could all just agree to be grateful and happy about these huge improvements to make breastfeeding normal, expected, and celebrated.
I can't think of a great analogy, but what if there were a "diabetes station" where you could have a clean room with a/c to test your sugars, get a drink or snack, give an injection, etc. Is that shooing the problem away from the public or just a helping hand?