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Add this to the long list of Walmart dirty deeds against women.
I just read that Walmart WON a lawsuit allowing it to ban mothers from breastfeeding in its stores. Apparently 3 mothers near Cincinnati Ohio were told they couldnt nurse in the store and were asked to move to the bathroom to nurse their children. The women brought suit and just lost in Appeals court. Anyone have more info on this. The blurb was tiny. I'm outraged. I thought there was a Fed law protecting nursing in public. Or some law anyway I'm so naive. Beginning Google search now. I think we should have a Million Nursing Moms march lets all go nurse at Walmart (but please don't buy anything).
 

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Evil, evil Wal-Mart!

Here's the full decision:

http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/script...se&no=04a0203p

I also thought bfing in public was protected by federal law, but I did a little research and found it is protected on federal property, but on private property, including places of public accommodation (such as Wal-Mart), it varies state by state. Ohio has no laws protecting bf-ing.

I'm all for a million mom nurse-in. Count me in.
 

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I actually went up to our local store and talked with the manager about this. Blerg.

WalMart didn't actually win a lawsuit banning women from nursing in their stores - they won the lawsuit placed because the women cited sexual discrimination.

When I went up to talk to Kevin, he was absolutely and totally amazed - our local store manager, on his days off, would even bring his daughter in during his wife's breaks to nurse - and NOT in the restroom.

Yet .. this problem's been seen in so many stores. I was actually "escorted" from a MA store by security for nursing my daughter and ending up in an argument with the management. I told him that if he wanted me to nurse my daughter in the restroom, I wanted to watch him sit on a toilet and eat his lunch. "But that's UNSANITARY!" Well no shit, and you want an infant to eat there?
 

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I hate Walmart! - For so many reasons. This story does not surprise me since their track record w/ women sucks anyway.
Let's have a nurse-in! I think it's a great idea.
OT: I received a gift card for hellmart and don't have the faintest idea what to do w/ it. Any suggestions?
 

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I've nursed ALL OVER in Walmart - the little cafe, walking around the store, etc.
this is in 4 diff. Walmarts & most of the time, I've been offered a chair if I was walking around.

I've never had a problem in their stores.
 

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Because sometimes one's choices in RL are limited, and/or sometimes one's resources in RL are limited, but that's another topic for another thread and has been done already.

From reading the other thread, apparently the official company policy is that breastfeeding moms are welcome. Apparently the training of employees at too many Walmarts is sadly lacking.

They didn't win a lawsuit that they can ban breastfeeding, they won a poorly filed lawsuit using the Wrong laws. Stupid lawyers misapplying the wrong law on the breastfeeding side does not an evil company make. Not that there's not plenty WM does on its own to be fairly evil....but this isn't one of them.
 

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***primal scream***

ARG!!!!!!

I am so sad dd weaned.


I am not sure about talking her into nursing again just so I can nurse in Walmart but I did ponder it for a moment.

Sending hate email...

I know they have such laws in Missouri but not in Kansas.
 

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"They didn't win a lawsuit that they can ban breastfeeding"
Your right, they just won an appeal stating that the women were not discriminated against on the basis of sex and age Sorry I misspoke I can see it was a bit inflamatory
. This law was a pretty poor fit but unfortunately it is all the Lawyers had to go on in our great state.
If it is there company policy to welcome breastfeeding why then didn't they admit fault for the incidents make an apology and settle with the mamas. Why fight it all the way through appeal. I'm still trying to gather more info I missed this news the first time around.
Chasing Peace: I couldn't get the link to work can you describe the poor treatment?

Mamapenelope True there is no real family friendly perfect store (Maybe Ikea
) but some are definitely worse than others. I first dumped walmart ages ago when they refused to sell BirthControl Pills, which even if you are anti-BC they are the best prescription option for women suffering from ovarian cysts. This is alarming if you consider that in increasingly more places across the US Walmart is the only shopping option as theyve run everyone else out of business. I am fortunate enough to live in a liberal enclave complete with our own small town grocery store pharmacy and hardware store. They dont have everything we need and they are sometimes more expensive but for me it is something I'm willing to budget for.

So I'm serious about organizing a nurse in. I'm so tired of just putting up with these things. Imagine if women across the country went in to walmart and nursed (even for an hour so as not to distress the poor babes) It would certainly be newsworthy and one would hope it might draw some public response or declaration from WM.
Having said that, DH is afraid that I will be arrested if I do a nurse in and the kids will be carted off by DCFS in the meantime. Anyone know if we could really be arrested I'm pretty new to all this?
 

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We dont have a walmart in our town, but our Kmart is like that. They told a friend of mine the other day she had to go in the restroom, so she sat down in the eatery and nursed anyways, they never said anything else.

OT: I was just at a yard sale and they have a book called: How Wal-Mart is Destroying America, I almost bought it....lol
 

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Kaismom:
Here's the link again(maybe it will work this time):
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/livin...ywoman_54.html

It's also on the other thread I posted the link to. Mods, I'm not sure how to insert a quote in my post, so please tell me how to correct it if I do it wrong: From abcnews.go.com:

"Two years ago, Dana Derungs says she went on a diaper run to Wal-Mart with her 6-week-old boy - the first time she'd left the house since he was born. As she wheeled a cart full of merchandise, her son started crying. Like any mother with a hungry infant would have done, she found a place to sit and feed her baby - a bench near the women's dressing room - and sat down.
Before she began to nurse, an employee ordered Derungs to do it in the bathroom or leave.
"Would you want to eat your lunch in the bathroom?" Derungs shot back. When arguing got her nowhere, she fled the store crying.

Soon after, Derungs filed a complaint with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, trying to get Wal-Mart to apologize and change its policy on breastfeeding in its stores.
After about a year, says her attorney, Susan Brasier, Wal-Mart came back with a proposal "that at the very best was goofy. It would allow Dana to nurse in the store but nobody else. And there was no apology for the way they treated her." "

I don't know if we could be arrested for a nurse-in. I'll research it this weekend.
 

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CRAP...I moved to the wrong state! Ugh...next time I happen to pass by Wal-Mart, I'll make sure ds is good and hungry, then we'll march right on in and feed him (LOL...and we have to use an SNS so it's quite a show).
 

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Originally Posted by polka123
I've nursed ALL OVER in Walmart - the little cafe, walking around the store, etc.
this is in 4 diff. Walmarts & most of the time, I've been offered a chair if I was walking around.

I've never had a problem in their stores.
Ditto! I really shocked me the first time I was offered a chair (btw, we don't have walmart yet, mostly while travelling when DS was younger so several different ones). If we had a walmart, I'd go there and nurse my 2year old resting on my 8 month preggy belly in defence of those who are discriminated
 

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True there is no real family friendly perfect store (Maybe Ikea )
Nope, too much of their stuff wears out or breaks too fast for me to consider them to be family friendly. The store is great, I agree, but too many of their products are crap.
Too hard on the wallet to have to replace the stuff that doesn't hold up to normal use.
 

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I was once asked to move to a rest room to nurse in a store (not Walmart) and I declined the offer. They insisted and I said "No, but I will leave the building as soon as I am done feeding my baby, and by the way, I won't be buying these items after all and you can kiss my future business good bye. Too bad for you, because this is only my first child and I probably WOULD have spent a lot of $$$$ in here over the next few years. But, since you don't seem to care about babies, only want to sell stuff for them, I am sure I can find someone else to accept my money. Telling a nursing mother to stop or move is a bad business decision!"
 

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Perfect response!
 

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I shop at Walmart- Yes, you can hate me, but they have the cheapest groceries in town, and we are on a very limited income...

Anyway, I sit down to nurse in Walmart all the time. On the benches in the middle of the store, or I nurse while walking with my baby in the sling.

Never had a problem. I figure at least I am educating people right??? LOL It has only taken 4 months for them to quit looking at me like I freak when I wear my baby in the sling...
 
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