my response to her:
Part of me understands your position simply because you experienced breastfeeding in a different way. you can have your opinion, however misguided it may be.
but remember, most woman CAN breastfeed. As a journalist you should be checking your information. Any information you found saying women CANT is not true. It is extremely rare for a woman to be physically unable. most are just misinformed and try to nurse "on schedules" like yourself and that can interfere with milk supply, or try to supplement with formula or solids.
I would never nurse my baby in a bathroom. For my child's comfort and MINE. Yes, i am a mother who chose to have a child and make sacrifices, but that is something that I was not raised to do. Public bathrooms are unsanitary and cramped. Anyone who would find that a suitable place to hang out for 20 minutes to do ANYTHING is themselves uncivilized and uncultured. Just the idea of it seems ridiculous.
Maybe I am more concerned for natural resources than you, because going to your car to nurse in arizona requires air conditioning 80% of the year due to the intensity of the sun. With global warming and high gas prices this idea too is absurd. Unless you sit in 110 dergree weather to nurse.
I nurse in public everyday. I can tell you that my breasts ARE RARELY exposed. I do not use a blanket. I wear two shirts. Its quite convenient.
I frequent museums, parks and public pools. Running to a bathroom every hour, or worse yet, all the way to a car just seems silly. Like your article.
With the recent progress nursing mothers have made in changing laws to protect ourselves, I find it shocking that there are women like you, seemingly educated, who still take this stance.
I wish that you never act this way to a new mother trying to do her best and nursing in public. I hope that writing for you is a way of "saying the things you wish you had the nerve to say in person".
Or I wish that we cross paths and you say these things to me.
So that you may hear intelligent debate and discussion without being able to hide behind, Timmi Toler is a firm believer in breasts and all their many wonderful uses. Contact her at 353-1171, ext. 220 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All my many wonderful uses include nursing anytime, anyplace, in front of anyone.
thank you for your time and the oppurtunity to educate someone of the many positives of nursing in public. I'm sure you will hear from many loving lactating mothers.