Aug 3, 201009:11 PMBaby Love
34 Weeks---Think Before You Tweet!
In case you're not tuned into the social media world you can catch up on this site http://consumerist.com/2010/08/coffee-shop-owner-uses-twitter-to-bans-breastfeeding-in-his-store-seems-surprised-by-reaction.html.
Maybe I should be more offended by this, but I have quite a different reaction. Much like when you hear someone talking about politics and it's clear they have no idea what they're talking about. I find it to be not only ignorant, but quite harmful.
New Moms who choose to breastfeed have enough hurdles to overcome throughout their day, and being ostracized while trying to nurture their baby should not be one of them. Society sends mixed signals.. "You should exclusively breastfeed your baby, but make sure you do it in private". Because we all know that when a newborn baby is hungry there is plenty of time to drive home, or maybe we should just go sit in our cars.
Since the original tweet yesterday morning, the shop owner has declared an apology (one that I felt was a loaded one). I'm quite certain he has no experience with breastfeeding. I do hope he has learned a lesson. If not, the lesson is "Think Before you Tweet!". Also, it's best practice to stay away from controversial topics that you know nothing about.
For all you breastfeeding mommas out there, you have rights "Mothers have the right to breastfeed anywhere they have a right to be" HB 2102. http://www.ok.gov/health/Child_and_Family_Health/Breastfeeding_Information_and_Support/Oklahoma_Breastfeeding_Laws/index.html
So feed on my lactating sisters, feed on!