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I've seen women write that they carry cards with state law on bf in their purse in case they are harassed in public when bf. anyone know where i can get one? Or do I just download the law and print it out? Thanks!
 

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You can go to the Health Dept and get them. That's where I got mine and it's on me at all times. I've never had to pull it out though since I usually tell people who complain that it's illegal to ask me to cover up or go somewhere else and that I could sue them.<br><br>
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I've seen women write that they carry cards with state law on bf in their purse in case they are harassed in public when bf. anyone know where i can get one? Or do I just download the law and print it out? Thanks!</div>
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If you're in VA WIC has them. I order them about once a month to give to the pregnant and breastfeeding moms I see. They're available in Spanish too.<br><br>
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I'm in New England. I wish we had wic workers like you (I've read some other posts from you)! Last time, one of the workers told me that it was "disgusting" that her daughter nursed her dd for two years. She said she couldn't see how anyone could do that. I was the only bfing mama in a room of about 10 formula feeders and everyone said that was gross. Ok, I just derailed my own thread!<br><br>
I will contact WIC even though I doubt they have them, and I'll also contact the health department. Thanks!
 

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wow I was never offered anything of the sort from WIC but then I've also been asked every time I go in there if we are 'still bf'ing'<br><br>
I know they probably have to ask cause you get a bigger food package here as a bf'ing mama.........but for some reason, and maybe it's just me, I'm kind of put off by how they are asking. I mean, my baby is 7 months old now, they've asked me this every time I go for checks since she was a month old. It's like the same way you'd ask someone who's got an older child.....not that that makes it any more right. Just that it should be assumed that my under-year-old is bf'ing since we started off that way, I guess.<br><br>
I don't know I just think there's another way to put it that asks the same thing without making it sound like 'and you're STILL breastfeeding?'<br><br><br>
operating under the assumption that my WIC office has nothing of this sort...........where would I go to get a copy of the law and make my own or something?
 

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In Vermont I got my card from the La Leche League. They were handing them out durring a children and families service fair.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">wow I was never offered anything of the sort from WIC but then I've also been asked every time I go in there if we are 'still bf'ing'<br><br>
I know they probably have to ask cause you get a bigger food package here as a bf'ing mama.........but for some reason, and maybe it's just me, I'm kind of put off by how they are asking. I mean, my baby is 7 months old now, they've asked me this every time I go for checks since she was a month old. It's like the same way you'd ask someone who's got an older child.....not that that makes it any more right. Just that it should be assumed that my under-year-old is bf'ing since we started off that way, I guess.<br><br>
I don't know I just think there's another way to put it that asks the same thing without making it sound like 'and you're STILL breastfeeding?'<br><br><br>
operating under the assumption that my WIC office has nothing of this sort...........where would I go to get a copy of the law and make my own or something?</div>
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I'm sorry to hear that you feel that way. They ask because your elligibility would terminate if you are no longer breastfeeding, and unfortunately, some people don't breastfeed all that long. The LLL website has a list of the laws by state. I guess you could make your own cards from there.<br><br>
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It's not a HUGE deal....it's just the one lady I see the most in particular, I think she just rubs the budding lactivist in me the wrong way.<br><br>
Is this just me, or is there a big difference in asking a woman "You're still breastfeeding?" versus saying something like "you're still breastfeeding, right?"<br><br>
To me, the first is saying 'you're STILL breastfeeding?' like it's unexpected, or somehow wrong. The second is asking the same question, but to me, the implication is that it's expected that you are. That it's right, that it's what you should be doing. Which is the truth for anyone with a child under a year old. And these are the women getting asked this question--because WIC doesn't continue the food package for the mom even if she does nurse past one year.<br><br>
That's not a criticism of WIC, it's a statement of fact, I understand that their $$ comes from somewhere and there is a limited amount of it, so they prioritize, and I agree that nursing to a year is high-priority, it's when all the major organizations agree a child's main diet should consist of human milk. I don't agree that there's a magical shift on the child's first birthday, but I understand they have to draw a line somewhere, and by a year, most babies have started solids.<br><br>
I also appreciate that they accomodate some special dietary needs, like my son's milk and they provided me with a pump while I was EP'ing, which I think is absolutely awesome. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
WIC does a lot of great things. I appreciate it. On the flip side, I'd like to see the office here do a little more, like with how they ask about nursing. That and I had a dietitian tell me there *are* ways to safely lose weight while breastfeeding---insert snooty tone on the 'are'. It was my appointment when S. was about 2 months, I said I was just trying to eat healthy, avoid junk, and if I lost weight, fine, if not, well, I'm nursing. I'm not really *supposed* to 'diet' I thought. And sure, I still had some baby weight, I was roughly 8 weeks pp. ANYBODY would. That irked me. I don't think they need to be telling women shortly after birth that they should be dieting--some women might take that to an extreme enough to affect supply.<br><br>
Sensitivity training I guess, LOL.<br><br>
but I do think they have a good program and do some great things. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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if anyone is in/going to Ireland, there's a <a href="http://www.healthpromotion.ie/pdf/BREAST%20FEEDIN_final.pdf" target="_blank">useful little leaflet</a> you can print out here saying what your rights are (anyplace, anytime basically <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> )
 

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I keep the little booklet put out by public health in my diaper bag, as it has the law and what I should do if anyone harasses me in it. It's great because almost all parents here take the free prenatal classes and they hand the book out and talk about the law during the class!
 

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Here's a general card that you could print out. Go to<br><br><a href="http://www.parenting.com/parenting/babytalk/article/0,19840,1215347,00.html" target="_blank">http://www.parenting.com/parenting/b...215347,00.html</a><br><br>
Then scroll down and click on<br>
"Licence to Breastfeed"<br><br>
HTH
 
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