Today mothers across the country will be breast-feeding in public at Target Stores. This nurse-in was organized in protest of what happened to Michelle Hickman in November at a Target Store in Webster, Texas. When she chose to nurse her 5-month-old son in an out of the way area of the store, employees– in an humiliating way— refused to let her, and instead , to preempt an act of public indecency, advided her to use a fitting room. Target executives have since made it clear that this is not the store’s policy on breast-feeding. Forty-five states—including Texas— have laws protecting a mother’s right to breast-feed in public. The Illinois law was signed by Governor Blagojevich in 2004.
Mother’s milk of course is recognized by medical science for its natural nutrients and antibodies. Babies who are breast-fed are much less likely to suffer from asthma , allergies, juvenile diabetes, or obesity. . They have fewer ear and respiratory infections as they develop. And studies have shown that breast-feeding even has a positive effect on cognitive development and childhood behavior.
The United States lags behind the rest of world in encouraging and promoting breast-feeding. It may be another stumbling block to progress that we inherited from our Puritan ancestors. It’s time to bring breast-feeding out of the shadows once and for all. Mother Nature has a wisdom of her own. Let’s be grateful to her and to her Creator. Thanks for the Mammaries.