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A good friend of mine (one of my only nursing crunchy friends) was at Six Flags Great America (north of Chicago) this weekend. She was standing in a wading pool (she said the water was up to her ankles) watching her toddler play while she nursed her DD (3 months). The lifeguard came over and told her that NIPing wasn't allowed by the pool. She gave the lifeguard a brief rundown of IL breastfeeding laws and then the lifeguard went to get her manager because my friend still didn't move. My friend is a blanket nurser, so there was a towel over the baby and she was only in the water ankle deep. The manager came over and told her it was a public health issue and that she is not allowed to nurse in the water. By then her toddler was bored and wanted to go to another area, so she moved. When she got home she emailed our LLL leader and she's still waiting for a response.

Does anyone know if this NIPing near/in a pool is not authorized?

Here is the IL law:

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SUMMARY OF ENACTED BREASTFEEDING LEGISLATION
ILLINOIS
Illinois has enacted several significant breastfeeding laws: (1) clarifying that breastfeeding in not public indecency; (2) authorizing a public information campaign; (3) providing for a program in WIC for lactation support, including payment for equipment and services; and (4) accommodations for employed mothers who are breastfeeding. On August 16, 2004, a law was enacted regarding a mother's right to breastfeed in public.

Public Act 093-0942, SB 3211, enacted August 16, 2004.
Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Right to Breastfeed Act.

Section 5. Purpose. The General Assembly finds that breast milk offers better nutrition, immunity, and digestion, and may raise a baby's IQ, and that breastfeeding offers other benefits such as improved mother-baby bonding, and its encouragement has been established as a major goal of this decade by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund. The General Assembly finds and declares that the Surgeon General of the United States recommends that babies be fed breastmilk, unless medically contraindicated, in order to attain an optimal healthy start.

Section 10. Breastfeeding Location. A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother's breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding; however, a mother considering whether to breastfeed her baby in a place of worship shall comport her behavior with the norms appropriatein that place of worship.

Section 15. Private right of action. A woman who has been denied the right to breastfeed by the owner or manager of a public or private location, other than a private residence or place of worship, may bring an action to enjoin future denials of the right to breastfeed. If the woman prevails in her suit, she shall be awarded reasonable attorney's fees and reasonable expenses of litigation.

Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.

720 ILCS 5/11-9,
1995 ILL. ALS 59; 1995 Ill. Laws 59; 1995 ILL. P.A. 59; 1995 ILL. SB 190;

Sec. 11-9. Public indecency. (a) Any person of the age of 17 years and upwards who performs any of the following acts in a public place commits a public indecency: ...
(2) A lewd exposure of the body done with intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desire of the person. Breast-feeding of infants is not an act of public indecency.

20 ILCS 2310/2310-442
1997 ILL. ALS 24; 1997 Ill. Laws 244; 1997 ILL. P.A. 244; 1997 ILL. SB 404

Permits the Department of Health to conduct a public campaign on breastfeeding. The Department may include the information in a brochure prepared under Section 55.64 or in a brochure that shares other information with the general public and is distributed free of charge. The information required under this Section may be distributed to the parents or legal custodians of each newborn upon discharge of the infant from a hospital or other health care facility.

20 ILCS 1305/10-25
1997 ILL. ALS 290; 1997 Ill. Laws 290; 1997 ILL. P.A. 290; 1997 ILL. HB 619

Sec. 10-25. Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program.

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(e) The Department may include a program of lactation support services as part of the benefits and services provided for pregnant and breast feeding participants in the women, infants and children nutrition program. The program may include payment for breast pumps, breast shields, or any supply deemed essential for the successful maintenance of lactation, as well as lactation specialists who are registered nurses, licensed dietitians, or persons who have successfully completed a lactation management training program.

820 ILCS 260/1 et seq.
2001 ILL. ALS 68; 2001 Ill. Laws 68; 2001 ILL. P.A. 68; 2001 ILL. SB 542

Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act.

Section 10. Break time for nursing mothers.
An employer shall provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who needs to express breast milk for her infant child. The break time must, if possible, run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee. An employer is not required to provide break time under this Section if to do so would unduly disrupt the employer's operations.

Section 15. Private place for nursing mothers.
An employer shall make reasonable efforts to provide a room or other location, in close proximity to the work area, other than a toilet stall, where an employee described in Section 10 can express her milk in privacy.
We are thinking of going to the water park this weekend and staging our own little mini-nurse in.
 

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Maybe worried about BM leaking into the water since it is a 'bodily fluid'? (sorry, playing devils advocate) But find me a kid who doesn't pee in the pool. I agree, thats bull. Have fun at your Nurse in! I can't think of a more fun place to stage a nurse in! Wish I lived closer
 

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Besides, if they were trying to avoid breast milk getting in the pool, they would have to say lactating women couldn't go in the pool at all, nursing at that moment or not. Even with an almost-21-month-old ds, I still leak at times. Any pool I go in is likely to be ever so slightly higher in milk concentration by the time I get out.
 

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I heard something like this being said some-time/where else and wondered too. This certainly would seem like something someone might figure could be truly the law, and knowing how people are often mis-informed about bfing it's easy to see that this must be ANOTHER one of those situations.
For what it's worth, I was at my YMCA today for about 4 hrs and saw only one mom nursing
--But quite a few bottles
Do The nurse-in!!!!
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I have nursed at a public beach, and no one has ever said a word to me.

I would have told her to get every kid (and adult) out of the pool since their urine is far more of a public health issue than a drop or two of breastmilk!
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If they're spouting "public health" I would bet you anything they will try to say it has to do with body fluids.
 

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I was there just 2 weeks ago. The area has a seating bench were your feet are in the water. A lady was bottle feeding her infant ~3m and then she bended over and put the dc into the water at her feet and started bouncing the dc to burp the dc. I was like so :puke . Praying the dc doesn't spit-up into the water. No one said a thing.
I don't think there is a rule against drinking in the area. I was drinking water and no one said anything, and I was practically right beside the lifeguard the entire time. If they allow drinking and bottle feeding I can't see why not bf.
 

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Not Six Flags, but I was at our city pool today. I sat on the edge of the zero depth entrance (probably at the 1 foot mark) nursing my 4 week old while my toddler swam. I had Sage in a mesh water sling so no one could really tell what I wa doing but I did tell 4-5 women that I was nursing as they wanted to see the baby and also were interested in my sling. No one batted an eye and 2 of them asked where they could get slings like mine. (one was pregnant and one had a 5 week old)
 

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Originally Posted by TortelliniMama
Besides, if they were trying to avoid breast milk getting in the pool, they would have to say lactating women couldn't go in the pool at all, nursing at that moment or not. Even with an almost-21-month-old ds, I still leak at times. Any pool I go in is likely to be ever so slightly higher in milk concentration by the time I get out.

same thing i was thinking.
 

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Section 15. Private right of action. A woman who has been denied the right to breastfeed by the owner or manager of a public or private location, other than a private residence or place of worship, may bring an action to enjoin future denials of the right to breastfeed. If the woman prevails in her suit, she shall be awarded reasonable attorney's fees and reasonable expenses of litigation.
I would keep this little gem handy if they give you anymore problems
 

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To anyone who has problems with pools -

Barb Strange of Edmonton Alberta Canada (she's a nurse, IBCLC and a lawyer - and her dh is law professor) wrote a 40 page report on breastfeeding in pools, after she was asked to move from a municipal pool. This comprehensive report (which addresses the "contamination" issue as well as many other aspects) was instrumental in getting the City of Edmonton to completely overturn their existing policy, and put in place and educate about the new bfing-friendly policy.

I can email this to anyone who wants a copy - email me at [email protected] and ask for it.

Janice
 
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