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Today's nurse-in: How did it go???????

post #1 of 200
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So how did it go in your area? Were there a lot of people? No trouble? Media present? Any pictures to share?

I can't wait to hear updates!
post #2 of 200
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Originally Posted by EVC
I can't wait to hear updates!
Me too. Too complicated for me to go with feeding my son and pumping myself. I'm sitting here pumping at 1 though!
post #3 of 200
Thread Starter 
It's only 10:30 here in CA, but it must be taking place already on the East Coast!!!!! Sending good lactation vibes


Please post when you get back!
post #4 of 200
I just got back! Sadly, I was the only mama there...that was a huge disappointment. Then, my digital camera battery was dead! But I sat in VS's display window (not near the displays or messing anything up, but in a spot very visible within the store and from outside the store), in the front of the store, and nursed ds. It was great. We (we being dh, ds, and I) noticed that there were about three sales associates walking around. They greeted other customers coming in, walked up to customers asking if they needed assistance, but said not a word to us the whole time we were there. Two sales associates went up to a woman browsing about five feet away from us asking if they wanted help, looked at us, and walked away. I don't know if they knew people planned on having a nurse-in and intentionally ignored us, or if it was just coincidence.
post #5 of 200
i am hoping there was a nice turn-out ov eron hilton head- the closest vs to us.
post #6 of 200
Kudos to you for going - I'm sorry you were the only nursing mama there, but every mama who NIP, whether at a nurse-in or just on an average day, helps make BREASTfeeding become breastFEEDING (hope that makes sense!)




- Kira
post #7 of 200
Just got back from Kingston, MA nurse-in. I wore a shirt that says "Boobies are for Babies". A sales associate noticed the shirt and said how cute it is. She asked what inspired it, and I said "this store, actually". I explained to her what we were doing and what it was all about. She said "That's funny, just today we were talking about a sign we have in the back that talks about how we treat breastfeeding moms, we should make them as comfortable as possible, etc. It came last month." We thought that was great, but come to find out "last month" actually meant last WEEK (technically true, since it is now July). Guaranteed that was prompted by what's been happening. There were three of us there, two with toddlers who weren't interested in nursing as much as they were with running around. But one mommy (grumpyshoegirl) nursed her daughter. No one other than that sales associate said anything to us, just watched us walking around.
post #8 of 200
Also, what made me sad was that the sales associate was talking about back when her kids were babies, and how she would go into bathrooms or dressing rooms "because where else was I gonna feed my baby? I had to". I told her that's why we were there, to promote the normalcy of NIP.
post #9 of 200
Good for you ladies for turning out!!! I would have turned out, but we don't have VS's in my area.
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I was the only one at Derby Street in Hingham Ma. I did get there a little late, 1:15. I waited outside with my 5 year old and then went into the store. It was really dead with just one customer. I asked about nursing bras and was told they don't carry them. No rudeness or anything, more just disinterest. She did suggest I go to Kohls. We no longer nurse so I couldn't do that and felt weird about asking their policy...

Boobyfeeder- was going to try to get to Kingston but then I would been really late. Hard to get a 5 year old out of the pool on a hot summer day!!
post #11 of 200
Just back from the Cedar Rapids, Iowa VS. I am really disappointed...our area has a huge breastfeeding support group, and two of us...probably THE LEAST activist types out of the whole group...showed up. My DS wouldn't nurse (I tried once), and her DS nursed twice for probably about 2 minutes each time. We just sat on a bench outside the store, and noone looked at us twice...ugh! There were TONS of mommies pushing babes in strollers around the mall, but we noticed they all had a bottle beside them or in the cup holder of the stroller, etc. So...we sat and talked more than anything, so I'm sure noone could tell we were there to advocate anything. We left after about 40 minutes cuz we were feeling a bit foolish!
post #12 of 200
DH, 2 kids and I had lunch in front of our VS today. We sat on a bench right in front of the store, ate takeout sandwiches and nursed DD2 off and on for about 1/2 hour. No one else was there, but I was glad to get out in public and be visible. It was wonderful of DH to come along, too. We just looked like a normal family having lunch together. Hope some other mamas got more "press", but I'm proud to have been a part of it all!

(ETA: We were at the So Park Mall in Youngstown, Ohio.)
post #13 of 200
There were 6 moms (and a dad!) at VS E Towne in Madison, WI. We sat outside the store along the window. People passing looked at us, and one woman kept walking by as if she were curious but never asked. One couple stopped and said something along the lines of "What you guys are doing is GREAT!" and "We applaud you" and clapped. So obviously some people knew about this, even if the media did not cover it. If it's on the national news, people who saw us at the mall will remember. DS wouldn't nurse very much and when he did he bit me (I think out of playfulness) but there were 4 other nursing moms there (and one former nursing mom there for support! ) that did nurse here and there, but it was impossible to all be nursing at the same time.

I did speak to the manager and asst manager of the store and let them know I'd heard good things about their store's treatment of nursing mothers. They were grateful for that feedback, so I encourage other moms who haven't yet participated (west coast maybe?) to let those VS that are accomodating know they are doing a good job and that it's apprieciated.

I am so proud of those moms who were the only ones. It takes alot of guts to do that! And it's not just the huge groups of people that matter. It's the individual effort, too.
post #14 of 200
Well, mine was a bit disappointing. Only 2 of us showed up, and my DS wasn't even interested in nursing. A reporter and photographer were there from the local paper... so hopefully that'll bring attention to the issue. But it didn't look like any sort of nurse-in.
post #15 of 200
It was me and two other mamas at one of our local VSs today. My DS didn't want to nurse but the other two nursed their babies. They got a dirty look from a sales associate but that was about it. I was hoping there would be a bigger turnout but oh well.
post #16 of 200
Well I went and nursed at the VS in Nashua NH. There were 2 other moms with infants there. I got all excited till I saw the bottles on the back of their carriages. I didn't have the guts to nurse in the display window even though doing so would have been veryeasy. They had so many people working! I did nurse as in front of the store as possible. The bench was pretty much in front of the neighboring store. It wasn't what I expected but considering how busy the mall was it was great lactivism!

Kara
post #17 of 200
We had six ladies here in Tulsa. It went pretty uneventful for us. We just lined up outside and sat down to nurse. A lot of people stared but that's about it.
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I am so proud of those moms who were the only ones. It takes alot of guts to do that! And it's not just the huge groups of people that matter. It's the individual effort, too.
post #19 of 200
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Originally Posted by ~Kira~
every mama who NIP, whether at a nurse-in or just on an average day, helps make BREASTfeeding become breastFEEDING (hope that makes sense!)
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Originally Posted by Shell_Ell
I am so proud of those moms who were the only ones. It takes alot of guts to do that! And it's not just the huge groups of people that matter. It's the individual effort, too.


I just posted a 'How Did It Go' thread in the FL, GA, AL portion of Finding Your Tribe. I'm pretty bummed about not being able to go but so very interested in how others experiences were.
post #20 of 200
I was the only one at my VS here in Oklahoma City, but I sat right outside and nursed Trixie while I was knitting. In truth the knitting probably got more stares!

Heather we really need to get together. Tulsa seems so much more crunchy than OKC. Argh.
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