We were shocked and saddened today to read this blog post by a local mother. It's 2011, people! Tolerance and understanding are two concepts that we pride ourselves on as human beings, and Montreal is a pretty progressive town to live in when it comes to stuff like this, no? We thought so until now, anyways.
Breastfeeding in public is NOT something we need to feel ashamed of anymore, and we can only hope that the reaction of this clerk, and the reactions of her peers will be dealt with appropriately. Let's chalk it up to lack of education and hope that this chain uses the strong reaction of the mom community to clearly establish policy and communicate it to all its employees that nursing is okay in its stores! Maybe some sensitivity training is in order.
In the meantime, we wanted to let all the local moms know about a nurse-in that will be taking place on January 19, from 1:00 - 1:30pm. Here is the Facebook link to the event. And for anyone who is not local and feels compelled to let the store know how they feel about this matter, please refer to this blog post for contact information. Canadians can also click the link above to add their name to a petition asking the Harper Government to officially improve the breastfeeding support offered to nursing moms.
Another Mother, you have our FULL support on this matter!
Shannon was kind enough to email us with a follow up to the story we referenced above:
In January I was kicked out of a store for breastfeeding in public and you published an article on your blog about my story: Nursing In Public - Exercising Our Rights. In case you are curious, I'd like to let you know what's happened since.
1) The human rights complaint has been settled out of court.
2) A petition was filed in the National Assembly asking to strengthen the laws that protect breastfeeding in public with 5596 signatures:
Unfortunately, another mother has also been discriminated for breastfeeding in public, this time in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville.
Thank you for your support. Helping women to feel comfortable breastfeeding, wherever they are is so important. And knowing that there was so much public support for me was definitely very encouraging to me personally.
Shannon (aka Another Mother)