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at the Tennessee laws around breastfeeding. While I am glad that the state does support BFing, I am upset, POed and mad at the stipulation. BFing is only supported if the child is under the age of 12 months. What about the momma's who support child led weaning or about mothers who want to BF for longer than a year because they choose not to vax or any other reason a mother chooses to BF longer than a year? How is that fair or right? I guess when my LO gets a little bigger I need to carry a copy of her birth certificate around so I can prove that she is under 12 months. I guess, when she is over 12 months we should retreat into a nasty bathroom or fitting room so she can have her meal without the fear of the cops being called and me being thrown in jail because of indecency. Why do some people view BFing as a sexual act? Why are people so stupid? Why do people take that much time to worry about something that isn't any of their business, especially when no harm is being done? Why can ladies/girl wear dresses with their a$$es hanging out, shorts with their thongs hanging out, tops with cleavage to galore and way more than a torso hanging out, men running around with oh so tight shorts with their package protruding out? But when a momma BFing her LO (over the age of 12 months) is providing nutrients to her child while wearing more clothes than those provocative girls it is considered a nasty wrong thing, so much so there needs to be a law around it. What the heck is wrong with this world and the people on it?? If the law is going to say you can’t BF your child in public if he/she is over the age of 12 months then they should also make a law about formula feeding a child in public over the age of 12 months. Isn’t this some type of discrimination? This is absolutely ridiculous and absurd. Alright maybe I can step down from my <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/soapbox.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="soapbox">.
 

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I'd happily get up on that soapbox with you! I wish there were some way to change our current law, too. It looks like from a previous thread in the "Lactivism" section, that when the law was created back in 2006, several people wrote letters to our lawmakers, but the law is still the same. Maybe this recent incident in Murfreesboro will bring some more media attention to the issue.<br><br>
I know what you mean...as I was nursing my almost 3-month-old DD at a restaurant this morning, I was thinking about how many more months I'd get to do that before it became an issue.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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My almost 15 month old still nurses, and we don't make any concessions for the general public. He doesn't nurse as much while we're out because he's so busy, but he definitely nurses in public, and we've had no problems - just the occasion odd look. Just keep on like it's normal and okay - because nursing is.<br>
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WOW I am in TN as well and I DID NOT know this! That SHOCKS me! I NIP w/ my dd till my milk dried up at 15 months and noone ever even noticed what I was doing LOL idiots I swear noone would even say anything if they'd mind their own business bc most women who NIP are so covered up that you can't even tell what htey are doing unless you're looking. This makes me mad I am and WILL bf'd my child in public whenever and wherever I want and damnit if someone wants to call the cops on me go ahead and I'll be all over the dang news you can count on that!
 
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