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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 29, 2006

“A Tale of Two Nursing Moms”

Racine, WI – This Saturday, two moms are organizing a nationwide nurse-in of the popular lingerie store, Victoria’s Secret. Prompted by run-ins with Victoria’s Secret employees, Rebecca Cook, of Burlington, WI and Jessie Chandler, of Quincy, MA have decided to do something about state and federal laws that do not protect nursing mothers.

On June 21, 2006, Rebecca Cook entered a Victoria’s Secret store with a friend to browse through the sales racks. While in the store, Mrs. Cook’s daughter wanted to nurse, so she went to the dressing room and asked for one. When a dressing room wasn’t available, she said that she’d sit out of the way and nurse her daughter, and was told that she wasn’t allowed to by a store employee, that she would have to use a restroom. After she refused to use a restroom to nurse her daughter, a dressing room opened up, and while she was in it, the two store employees were heard loudly discussing, right outside her dressing room, to make sure if there’s an occupied sign that the dressing room is truly occupied and to get customers in and out of the dressing rooms as soon as possible. Mrs. Cook left the dressing room because of their rudeness, nursing her daughter on her way out of the store. When she called to complain to the store manager, she was told that the employee probably asked her to nurse in the restroom because the sight of her breasts might offend a customer. Taking the complaint of the treatment by the store manager to the corporate customer service wasn’t any further help, because she was told that women are not allowed to try on clothing in the middle of the store, therefore they are not allowed to nurse in the middle of the sales floor.

In a similar incident, Jessie Chandler entered a Victoria’s Secret store on June 22, 2006 to browse the sales racks as well, after feeding her daughter. A saleswoman approached her to welcome her to Victoria’s Secret, and Mrs. Chandler asked to use a changing room. When asked by the sales associate if she was going to change her daughter’s diaper, Mrs. Chandler said that she was going to nurse her, to which the sales associate replied with giving directions to the bathroom outside the store. Mrs. Chandler refused to use the bathroom, and the attendant said that it was unsanitary for her to nurse in the dressing room because people change in them. When Mrs. Chandler called the store manager, she received an apology. Mrs. Chandler called Victoria’s Secret’s corporate office after hearing of Mrs. Cook’s experience with corporate’s customer service, and was told that Mrs. Chandler’s experience was an isolated experience and that she would have a letter of apology sent out to her.

This nurse-in is not about Victoria’s Secret’s lack of enforcing their company policy; the company only prompted the awareness for a need for state and federal protection for nursing mothers. The federal government has invested a lot of time and money into advertising about breastfeeding being the best nutrition for babies, but without federal protection, some moms might give up when they’re told that breast milk is dirty and unsanitary. To make those federal dollars most effective, we have to protect and educate; protect a mother’s right to nurse in public, and educate those that work with the public on the proper way to handle nursing in public and those that might complain about it.

“A Tale of Two Nursing Moms” seeks to bring recognition to the need for a federal law that protects a nursing mother's right to feed her baby anywhere that she and her baby would otherwise be allowed to be. We’re urging moms to go to their local Victoria’s Secret on July 1 at 1 pm to nurse their babies and be a part of this important movement.
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beautifully done. By the way are you Rebecca? I'm so sorry if you are the one to have experienced this, but if so I commend your strength, I wish I could only still nurse, maybe I'll attend for support.
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Yes, I'm Rebecca, and thanks, Snooter has been fantastic with organizing this as well. I'm so sorry for the reason that you can't nurse
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that's okay. I was thinking of still attending wearing a shirt that says.. I'd nurse if it wasn't for chemo"

I am so proud of you I wish you didn't have to endure this pain to help get the message across.

best of luck... Jess
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bumping- well done! Still trying to gather moms (was out of touch with technology for the weekend lol).
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I like that shirt idea. You should totally get it made!

"I'd be nursing here now if I weren't on chemo" on front and "help protect women's breasts: support nursing in public!" on back.
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Today there was a quick item about this on the morning news in RI - NBC 10 - a station which covers RI and Southeastern MA. They showed the VS logo and then the anchor said something very close to the following:

"Victoria's Secret, a company that is known for selling sexy lingerie, is in the news because it refused to let a Massachusettswoman feed her infant daughter in a store dressing room. A company spokesperson says that it was all a misunderstanding and that they have apologized."
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A misunderstanding?! That is so completely insulting. It's also the line they used for the SC case.

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Had to come back and write more .

This is exactly why I think a nurse-in is necessary. My interaction is being labeled as a misunderstanding. So was the interaction with VS in SC. What about Firstkid4me....also a misunderstanding? There comes a point where misunderstanding is about miscommunication from Corporate and they need to take responsibility for that. If they continue to say they're all isolated incidents and think it'll "go away", they won't work to educate their staff.

I know that isn't what it says on the press release in that we need the laws to change. I obviously fully support and desire that, but that VS comment got my panties in a wad .

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Had to come back and write more .

This is exactly why I think a nurse-in is necessary. My interaction is being labeled as a misunderstanding. So was the interaction with VS in SC. What about Firstkid4me....also a misunderstanding? There comes a point where misunderstanding is about miscommunication from Corporate and they need to take responsibility for that. If they continue to say they're all isolated incidents and think it'll "go away", they won't work to educate their staff.

I know that isn't what it says on the press release in that we need the laws to change. I obviously fully support and desire that, but that VS comment got my panties in a wad .


Misunderstanding my foot. They all say that when they are on the spot, they wouldn't want a bad image of themselves in the media. I'm making a shirt for July 1st that says "Boobies are for Babies." I figure that is an appropriate place to wear it, show them what breasts are really for.

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"I'd be nursing here now if I weren't on chemo" on front and "help protect women's breasts: support nursing in public!" on back.
AWESOME.
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Meghan, would you be willing to send me one? How much would you want for it? I was trying to think of how to make one, what to put on it, etc, and I love that saying!

Someone emailed me from a news station in Milwaukee asking what's happening on June 29th, I responded that we're releasing it early because we want to get more moms involved. I asked if she thought this was a bad idea.
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man, I wish I could still nurse too. I would SO be in that local VS store....This thing has grown to be huge. I cant wait to see the coverage...
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OH CRAP! We didn't include the most important part in the press release! The time and date!
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Meghan, would you be willing to send me one? How much would you want for it? I was trying to think of how to make one, what to put on it, etc, and I love that saying!

Someone emailed me from a news station in Milwaukee asking what's happening on June 29th, I responded that we're releasing it early because we want to get more moms involved. I asked if she thought this was a bad idea.
Say, "Hey lady, I'm just a mom trying to spread the word. I don't do this professionally". I'm KIDDING!

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Meghan, would you be willing to send me one? How much would you want for it? I was trying to think of how to make one, what to put on it, etc, and I love that saying!
What I can do is put it up on my cafepress.com website, that way you can order it directly. I'll do the value t-shirt, which is the cheapest one they have. Is that ok?

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What I can do is put it up on my cafepress.com website, that way you can order it directly. I'll do the value t-shirt, which is the cheapest one they have. Is that ok?
Ok, when you get it up, pm me. That's an awesome shirt to wear at the nurse-in!
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Well, the Boston Herald emailed me back asking exactly when it was and I told her. In future releases I'll make sure to adjust that.

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Well, the Boston Herald emailed me back asking exactly when it was and I told her. In future releases I'll make sure to adjust that.
I'm so embarrassed now.
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I edited the press release in the main post to reflect the change.
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Hey, it's your first time doing this. Don't feel bad! I think you're doing a fantastic job

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Don't be, it was a great press release, and you've never done this before!

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Thanks for spreading the word, moms. So it's Saturday? What time?

ETA: never mind. I see you added it.
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Thanks for spreading the word, moms. So it's Saturday? What time?

ETA: never mind. I see you added it.
Tee Hee because of the last few posts.

July 1st at 1pm!

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T-shirt (and other stuff) is up, if anyone wants one for the nurse-in!

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T-shirt (and other stuff) is up, if anyone wants one for the nurse-in!
Oooo, now to get $20, lol.
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We need a shirt that says something about how Queen Victoria did not breastfeed any of her 9 children. She found it vulgar and beneath her.
Anyone have any witty ideas?

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I'm not getting how that would help our cause?

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Just pointing out that VS has quite a history of disliking breastfeeding, all the way back to the 1800's. Maybe we can turn it around somehow and put a spin on it. Not sure how, just thinking...

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