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post #121 of 200
Cleveland (again)
All told, there were (if my math is correct) 46 mamas/nurslings/kids/husbands/supporters in attendance at the Cleveland nurse-in plus one reporter and one photographer and 4 ppl walking by who said something like "are you guys doing that nurse-in?" In fact, two young guys came by and said, "It's 1:02! I thought there was supposed to be nursing mothers here!" I don't know what they were doing or why, but they did. Anyway:
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post #122 of 200
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Originally Posted by annakiss
Cleveland (again)
All told, there were (if my math is correct) 46 mamas/nurslings/kids/husbands/supporters in attendance at the Cleveland nurse-in plus one reporter and one photographer and 4 ppl walking by who said something like "are you guys doing that nurse-in?" In fact, two young guys came by and said, "It's 1:02! I thought there was supposed to be nursing mothers here!" I don't know what they were doing or why, but they did. Anyway:
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: They were looking for the free burlesque show. You didn't get the choreography and music for the number?
post #123 of 200
Yeah!!! I just saw the CBS local news. They gave us about 90 seconds. Said 3 local moms joined hundreds of nursing mothers across the country. As they were speaking they showed us with our babies in their various slings/wraps talking as the reporter spoke over us. Lisha (one of the moms, I know she lurks here and she said she is planning on joining up!) sounded great. They showed her saying We hope to bring about awarness of the need for better federal and state laws to protect our right to feed our children in public. I thought it was really great that she said feed our children instead of nurse or breastfeed because it makes people really think about what is being said. They said that this came about because 2 mothers were told to nurse in the restroom and that one of the mothers was even told that breastfeeding was unsanitary. I think they also mentioned that Ohio protects NIP. They also said that they spoke with the VS spokesperson and he said that VS allows bfing moms to nurse whereever they feel most comfortable. Very Positive

Oh, you could also see my older daughter with her baby in a sling too! And a close-up of Sage that showed a bunchof her teeth, so yes, you can nurse a toddler with teeth! (Well, she is 13 months, not walking yet though)
post #124 of 200
I just wanted to say how proud I am of everyone! You all did so amazing in organizing this and I think it's just a testament to the serious power of the internet. (heck, if only we could sway other things...). much much love to y'all!!!
post #125 of 200
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Originally Posted by annakiss
I just wanted to say how proud I am of everyone! You all did so amazing in organizing this and I think it's just a testament to the serious power of the internet. (heck, if only we could sway other things...). much much love to y'all!!!
A more mainstream person said that they hadn't heard anything of the nurse-in so we must not have done a very good job of organizing it, and I just said that we did everything via the net, you can't micromanage like this, it would drive the person insane (well, maybe you could, but not in a little over 8 days.) Maybe they're just not hanging with the right circles :
post #126 of 200
It made the news here, only about a minute of coverage, but the point was made!!
post #127 of 200
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Originally Posted by MommyBear
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.
Rachel, I was so upset that I couldn't go. DH got back from Dodge City right at 1:15, so I couldn't make it. I was thinking about running up there, but didn't make it
post #128 of 200
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Originally Posted by firstkid4me
A more mainstream person said that they hadn't heard anything of the nurse-in so we must not have done a very good job of organizing it, and I just said that we did everything via the net, you can't micromanage like this, it would drive the person insane (well, maybe you could, but not in a little over 8 days.) Maybe they're just not hanging with the right circles :
It may very well be the circles I hang in - I had a reporter call me the other day after I sent out the press release and a woman called me this morning to verify the time & place (she showed, a little late, but still!). I think here in Cleveland we're very organized on the crunchy side. heck - I walked in here 2 years ago from Montana and had a whole built-in crunchy community. We now have our own forum and monthly meetings and whatnot. It's a great place to be! Though we may be sheltering one another just a wee bit. But who cares! It feels good!
post #129 of 200
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Originally Posted by annakiss
Cleveland (again)
In fact, two young guys came by and said, "It's 1:02! I thought there was supposed to be nursing mothers here!" I don't know what they were doing or why, but they did.
I think that is hilarious. Where are the boobs?
post #130 of 200
I've enjoyed reading you mommas' stories. Unfortunately my dd was sick so we couldn't make it. I did nurse her at 1:00pm though.
post #131 of 200
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Originally Posted by Joannarachel

When we left I could definitely see the clerks giving each other knowing "Yay! The Hippies are leaving!" looks

Oh, we left some breastmilk behind too; one mama's son spit up right after her feeding, and my dd pulled off mid let down and refused to latch on for a moment, so I sprayed the floor pretty copiously, unfortunately
I don't really see this as being very respectful.
I work at VS, and was working today for the nurse-in.
I DID nurse my two sons, but would never have made a mess and left it behind. ESPECIALLY if trying to make a point about BFing being nice, naturaL, ETC. Why would anyone go into a place of business, make any kind of mess (whether it be food, which this WAS, or anything else), and not clean it up? And then post with a "LOL" after it?

I cleaned up after some of these feeding mamas, and while I fully support breastfeeing, natural parenting, all that; I can't say it's acceptable to brag about making a mess of any kind for someone to clean up after.

I came to this board to fully understand the issues surrounding the nurse-in, only to find this. Can't approve as I may have, sorry. Very disapointed, in at least a couple of your views. Which this whole nurse-in is about. One person handled something immaturely (A VS employee), and people scream about it. Well group of people going in, making ANY sort of mess, laughing about it (and others joining in), are close enough.

good job, lost respect for at least some of the people participating.
post #132 of 200
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Originally Posted by vsmom2two
I don't really see this as being very respectful.
I work at VS, and was working today for the nurse-in.
I DID nurse my two sons, but would never have made a mess and left it behind. ESPECIALLY if trying to make a point about BFing being nice, naturaL, ETC. Why would anyone go into a place of business, make any kind of mess (whether it be food, which this WAS, or anything else), and not clean it up? And then post with a "LOL" after it?

I cleaned up after some of these feeding mamas, and while I fully support breastfeeing, natural parenting, all that; I can't say it's acceptable to brag about making a mess of any kind for someone to clean up after.

I came to this board to fully understand the issues surrounding the nurse-in, only to find this. Can't approve as I may have, sorry. Very disapointed, in at least a couple of your views. Which this whole nurse-in is about. One person handled something immaturely (A VS employee), and people scream about it. Well group of people going in, making ANY sort of mess, laughing about it (and others joining in), are close enough.

good job, lost respect for at least some of the people participating.
ahem...(taking the higher road)

welcome to MDC
post #133 of 200
(copied & pasted from other thread... )

*whew* I JUST got home from the nurse-in at the Southland mall in/near Detroit. We made it there a bit after 1, and found 5 or 6 moms already nursing in the store. The salesgirls were keeping a close eye on us, and the manager was not very happy (but she struck me as the sort of woman who never was ), but we weren't bothered. The Fox News reporter had one of the staff photographers come in posing as another supporter, but with a purse cam. The camera malfunctioned, so she just picked it up & shot pics here & there of all of us nursing inside and chatting. After 5-10 minutes the manager noticed & put a stop to the camera, but she already had all she needed.

We left the mall property to do the interviews, and talked a bit with the newsreporter & photographer. Both had come in during their time/day off to do the story -- they didn't want to chance another story coming up for the regular (short) weekend staff and it not getting done -- very nice!


I went in to VS later in the day (I was stuck their until the boys were ready for bed as I couldn't subject them to another awake 2 1/2 hour drive), and was treated very nicely. It had to be apparant that I nursed the boys in the dressing room (I tried on a couple bras, & you know how dc are when they see the nursies... ), but the saleslady didn't even blink. Of course the grumpy manager was no where to be found...

All in all -- a great experience!!
post #134 of 200
No one at the store I work with was bothered.
I found the entire event peaceful which is why I wanted more info. But it is reasonable for me to be bothered by the above comment.
post #135 of 200
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Originally Posted by vsmom2two
No one at the store I work with was bothered.
I found the entire event peaceful which is why I wanted more info. But it is reasonable for me to be bothered by the above comment.
I'm not sure why you are bothered by the comment I made? I commented that we were left alone (i.e. not bothered). I did not insinuate that anyone else was...in fact, I think everyone here has commented that the vs employees were all courteous/professional. I was simply sharing my story. The fact that we were not bothered is a relevant part of the story.

And re: the breastmilk on the floor comments... how exactly do you clean up a thin spray/droplets off carpet? I would guess they were invisible & impossible to find by the time they hit the floor. I would also hazard a guess that the mom in question used the emoticon because we all know how sometimes these things happen -- I don't think she had any mean intent. At least it wasn't formula, which would most likely leave a stain if a bottle dropped & some dripped out.


I hope you stay & read more at mothering.com, perhaps you will learn a bit more about us and understand our feelings & points of view. No one here is trying to be mean to vs.
post #136 of 200
I wasn't bothered really by your post. In fact, had already read in the original post.

I know that when I would venture out with my son in a sling, I would normally have wipes with me. I would not have considered leaving a mess of any sort. Had it been formula, I would have cleaned it up as well. I was lazy, and didn't usually carry a diaper bag or even a purse. it was wipes and two diaper, and my wallet and keys tosed in. So seems like the person with original post, laughing spitting up would have had wipes maybe, since they had a baby? Or one of the moms with would have had wipes?

Anyplace that my baby spit up i would have cleaned it up, be my house, my MIL's, a store, whatever. That was the part that I found rude.

I do find the entire toic interesting. And I am glad the associates were nice. I have, a number of times, asked a mom with a crying baby (not nursing) if they might like to feed and/or change the baby in a dressing room. I very well remember the helplessness a mom can feel when her baby suddenly screams of hunger and not knowing where to go. That I can feel compassion for, and until only a couple of months ago, I would start to "leak" at that sound Not cute, but there nonetheless

I do appreciate the comments from the other members of the nurse-in. I just felt that this comment was not too nice. And like i said, all it takes is one person acting immature about an incident to make a bad name (like one bad associate at VS...).
post #137 of 200
And our floors are tile, so we found it quite easy to clean up. We used regular sanitary wipes Similar to baby wipes, though not as gentle...
post #138 of 200

Only one in OKC

I was the only one at my VS in OKC too (Penn Square). I nursed on a bench outside the store, then carried my son up and stood right by the door for a while. We got a lot of people looking, but all of them were smiling. I decided since he was being SO good, I would walk through the store while nursing him. Big mistake. He de-latched, and started pointing at all the bras yelling "Clothes, clothes!" I also asked about carrying nursing bras, and the sales clerk gave me a business card to call corporate and public relations.

Traci
post #139 of 200
Annakiss, those chalk drawings are so cool!
post #140 of 200
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