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Way to go Mothering mamas! I hope this will help bring some important issues regarding NIP to light on a national level.<br><br><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/19/us/19nurse.html" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/19/us/19nurse.html</a>
 

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I don't like the last line, the quote:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Micheline Donnelly, director of development for McDonald House here, said the organization supported breast-feeding. But Ms. Donnelly added, “We don’t advocate for causes; we provide shelter for families who travel far from home and are trying to save their child.”</td>
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It just rubs me wrong, though I'm unable to articulate why.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't like the last line, the quote:<br><br><br><br>
It just rubs me wrong, though I'm unable to articulate why.</div>
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Maybe because PROMOTING breastfeeding SHOULD be part of their effort to "provide shelter for families who travel far from home and are trying to save their child". It's not a cause, it's a normal part of life!
 

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The "rabbit hole" comment is inappropriate too. That suggests that the stories of their harassment were fabrication or illusion :S.
 

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That bit about not advocating for causes bugged me too. Why can't they just say they support breastfeeding without qualifying it? All the mom wanted was to bf her child. She wasn't "advocating" to anyone else, just feeding her child. I hate how it feels like they are trying not to offend formula feeding moms. As if just the act of a mom bfing and being left alone to do so is passing judgment on those who do not/did not breastfeed. Issues much?
 

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They agreed they could nurse if they were sensitive to others around them??? No, the law is the law. The law already gives them the right. And they don't need to cowtow to others around them (that's how this all started-- a person there complaining-- that's why there IS the law...) SIGH.
 

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I would have been nice if they'd been able to get a quote from the AG or an attorney about what the law is, rather than just having it be she said/she said.<br>
I wonder how that dad who complained feels now....
 

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The whole RMH side of the story as presented in the article is full of holes. If they were never asked to leave, why was the social worker called? If they never tried to banish her to her room, why was a meeting called with a lactation expert? Argh...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Maybe because PROMOTING breastfeeding SHOULD be part of their effort to "provide shelter for families who travel far from home and are trying to save their child". It's not a cause, it's a normal part of life!</div>
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Yes, that's exactly it. How is not harassing someone for caring for her child advocating for a cause?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't like the last line, the quote:<br><br><br><br>
It just rubs me wrong, though I'm unable to articulate why.</div>
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It bugs me b/c it suggests that someone is ASKING them to "promote a cause". No one is. We're not asking them to be breastfeeding crusaders. We're simply asking them to uphold the law, respect a mother's need and right to feed her child, and be done with it.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">And not Ronald McDonald House, which says it did not banish Ms. Mayo-Swimeley to her room to nurse her child.</td>
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uhh, aren't they lying??
 

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Yeah- I didn't like this article at all. To me- no flames please- it sounded like "Oh you big bad nursing moms are trying to get your way, and I don't know what hit us. I'm so confused about everything, but you big bad nursing moms tattled on us to the internet, and swamped us with phone calls and e-mails. We didn't know what to do. I'm so confused."<br><br>
Sorry I'm snarky. This just seems like more spinning and more big corporation feigning innocence and the little guy getting stepped on. It makes me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/splat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="splat">
 

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Also, it doesn't say the mama would have had to haul her babies up three flights of stairs, does it?<br>
Also, they were going to be asked to leave.
 

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ugh...since when is it a nursing mothers obligation to ensure the comfort of those around her? i honestly don't know too many bf moms who rip off all of their clothes to nurse, yet our society degrades the natural act of bf, and simply looks away from obvious porn on local broadcast channels and teens at the mall!<br><br>
and if the lady wasn't asked to leave, what was implied when she was told to go to her room? i'll be damned if i'm gonna hide to feed my kid, esp. if that rule doesn't apply to bottle-feeding mothers!
 

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Well, it's not the perfect article, but it is coverage of the issue in the NY Times, which is a big deal.<br><br>
Sure, I would have loved an article that really got to the bottom of insitutional discomfort over breastfeeding... but they didn't ask me :)<br><br>
Hopefully just the fact that there is coverage of the issue in the "mainstream press" will have an impact on RMH Houston -- people are WATCHING.<br><br>
FWIW, I told the story to my neighbor -- super mainstream mama, didn't nurse her premie, -- and she flipped. She said "the baby has CANCER and they're worried about whether someone *else* gets *uncomfortable* at the thought of the baby nursing!?!?!?"<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't like the last line, the quote:<br><br>
Micheline Donnelly, director of development for McDonald House here, said the organization supported breast-feeding. But Ms. Donnelly added, “We don’t advocate for causes; we provide shelter for families who travel far from home and are trying to save their child.”<br><br>
It just rubs me wrong, though I'm unable to articulate why.</div>
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It probably rubs you the wrong way because RMH is in and of itself a "cause". That cause is sick children and yet she doesn't seem to understand the role of BF'ing in preventing illnesses and promoting healing.<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">i honestly don't know too many bf moms who rip off all of their clothes to nurse, yet our society degrades the natural act of bf, and simply looks away from obvious porn on local broadcast channels and teens at the mall!<br></div>
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I just had to add that everytime I go to the mall, I observe men sitting on benches oogling the scantily dressed teens that walk by. Yet BF is "gross". It makes me ill. You know that if one of the teen's breasts happened to pop out of her shirt or be exposed, NO man would be complainin'. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I get offended/uncomfortable seeing a mom shove a bottle in a baby's mouth and propping it up with a rolled up blanket and walking away. It gives me shivers everytime and to me, borders on abuse (choking hazard!).
 
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