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Postpartum doula & certified breastfeeding educator, mama to an amazing girl (11/05) and a wee little boy (3/13).
I was literally going to post a similar question about educating businesses. I did want to know if there was a place I could get free decals, as I don't have any extra money to spend at this point. I've gotten three businesses in my town to display an international BF decal so far, but if I want to expand my focus to more than a few shops in town, I need free or cheap supplies....any ideas?
Sorry to hijack...
I'm a lurker who very rarely posts but this topic is of interest to me so I hope it's ok if I chime in.
You know how hospitals can be called Baby Friendly? I wonder if that would be a more accepted way to approach things. Like a business could be called Baby Friendly or Family Friendly if they agree to provide a place for care providers to feed their babies and toddlers (breast, bottle, or solids). It would probably be businesses that already have something else to offer families, like a big clean restroom, a place to sit, play area, etc. As a mom of a one year-old I know I have a mental list of places we can duck into without being unwelcome. This would be a way for businesses to advertise that they are one of those establishments.
It seems like a good way to open the conversation. It's a lot easier to dismiss that "crazy breastfeeding nut" than it is "a member of a local moms group." Of course you would educate the business on your local breastfeeding laws. I love the idea of a window decal (could be the breastfeeding one or something you print at home) and poster for employees. I also like the idea of suggesting how to respond if a customer compains about breastfeeding women. You could really do as much or as little as you like with it.
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