Any mom who’s ever tried it knows that breastfeeding a baby of ANY age can be tricky. I nursed all three of mine for over a year and there were snafus at every age. But, the bottom line is, baby’s gotta eat when baby’s gotta eat, and breastfeeding moms go the distance to make it happen anytime, anywhere their kiddo needs to be fed.
For one North Dakota mom, Macy Hornung, this meant in public at the opening of her local Chick-fil-a last week. Hornung was breastfeeding her infant when she says the female manager came over to her while she was nursing, “showing no more than the upper portion of my breast, barely more than what was visible in my shirt and asked me to cover.” She says she tried to explain that her baby refused to be covered while nursing (I had one that did that too, I have BEEN THERE!), but that the manager wasn’t having it and told her that she would have to ask her to leave.
BIG mistake in my book. I know everyone makes mistakes, but unless a mama takes her entire shirt off in the middle of the restaurant, let her feed her baby. Breastfeeding is NOT sexual, most states (including North Dakota) have laws specifically to protect and allow mothers to breastfeed in public, and if people don’t like it, they should, as Hornung states, “practice the art of looking away.”