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Hey Mama's, I want to start a MOPS group through my church. Is anyone here a member or leader that would be able to help me out with some first hand experience?<br><br>
Thanks!!<br>
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Here is some info from Mops. org <a href="http://www.mops.org/Groups/group_search.php" target="_blank">http://www.mops.org/Groups/group_search.php</a><br><br>
Have fun. I did notice that MOPS has a horrendous official breastfeeding policy so if you're pro-BF you might want to address that with your steering team....
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Have fun. I did notice that MOPS has a horrendous official breastfeeding policy so if you're pro-BF you might want to address that with your steering team....</div>
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Could you point out that policy to me? I'm not seeing it, but I'm sick so it could be the icky-fog...
 

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It's been awhile since I read it but it basically said that nursing mothers need to sit in the back of the room, cover up and return their child to the nursery as soon as finished, so as not to offend the other mothers.<br>
My group does not follow that policy but it P*@@ed me off when I read it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's been awhile since I read it but it basically said that nursing mothers need to sit in the back of the room, cover up and return their child to the nursery as soon as finished, so as not to offend the other mothers.<br>
My group does not follow that policy but it P*@@ed me off when I read it.</div>
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i used to be on a mops steering team and I never saw that policy - link please.
 

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I'm in two Mops groups. In one group, it's not quite as baby-friendly, and they do kind of make breastfeeding odd, and they encourage use of the nursery. Because that's why I'm there (so my child can have some time playing with other children), I'm okay with that for us, but I still think it's weird.<br><br>
In the other one, we don't even have a nursery for under 6 months, everyone breastfeeds in the meeting, there are regularly toddlers and babies with their mamas cause they don't want to be in the nursery for whatever reason, and we are alot more laid back.<br><br>
I think it very much depends on the group/leadership team.
 

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Our MOPS really pushed the nursery and the idea that in order to be spiritual, we needed a break from our kids (babies included). Our group was also not homeschooler friendly. So, I didn't continue to go.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Our MOPS really pushed the nursery and the idea that in order to be spiritual, we needed a break from our kids (babies included).</div>
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Yes, I think that it the idea and I also don't think the handbook was written by AP thinkers. There is just a difference in the mindset from what I practice. I know their heart is in the right place.I have a lot of good things to say about MOPS. I really don't want to have come across as anti-MOPS.<br><br>
I can't find the link to the handbook where I read the breastfeeding policy, I looked and am not that good at web searches<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's been awhile since I read it but it basically said that nursing mothers need to sit in the back of the room, cover up and return their child to the nursery as soon as finished, so as not to offend the other mothers.<br>
My group does not follow that policy but it P*@@ed me off when I read it.</div>
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You're joking. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/nono02.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Nono02">:<br><br>
I wrote to them asking about their policy. I happen to know a BFing counselor who spoke at a meeting - if they have this kind of bfing policy she's going to be <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hopmad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hopping mad">.
 

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Honestly, I was in MOPS back when I had my first and there was no such policy. They don't take a position on lots of things-spanking, how a baby is fed, many doctrinal issues. Unless MOPS has radically changed, I really doubt this is a top-down policy.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Honestly, I was in MOPS back when I had my first and there was no such policy. They don't take a position on lots of things-spanking, how a baby is fed, many doctrinal issues. Unless MOPS has radically changed, I really doubt this is a top-down policy.</div>
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It isn't. I got a reply from international MOPS, and she said they have no policy- any such policy would be put in place either by the church or the local MOPS group. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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There is a policy that could be interpreted this way in regards to <b>National</b> <b>Convention</b>. During general sessions of the conference no children are allowed, as such nursing babes are included in this. I think it is really an unneccessary policy, but I don't find it offensive. (I personally would not have brought a baby into some of the sessions on noise factor alone - even though it is worship music it gets a little loud with 5,000+ moms in a room together) This is the only place that there is a policy like this - there are absolutely no policies regulating childrens presence in actual MOPS meetings. Each MOPS groups must be evaluated individually for its breastfeeding advocacy(or lack thereof).<br><br>
I am currently the publicity person in my MOPS group and in the past I have held the Creative Activities position. I enjoy our group and we have served many mothers through this program. The philosophy of MOPS is that better moms make a better world. I believe that we truely can change the world for the better by empowering mothers and supporting one another during this season of intense learning and serving. I would be glad to help if I can. If you have any specific questions just let me know<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Well, the national convention policy is definitely a problem for me. Why should you have to choose between nursing your baby and attending a conference for an organization of moms? That is precisley why I support La Leche League. I like the fact that babie can attend every sessiona t the conferences. I think if noise is a factor, moms, should be able to decide for themselves if they want the baby there.
 
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