100 Breastfeeding Flash Mobs

December 29, 2011 by staff 

100 Breastfeeding Flash Mobs100 Breastfeeding Flash Mobs, A mother is entitled to breast feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.” So reads a Texas state law on the oft-debated issue. But just because it’s written into the books doesn’t necessarily mean that a mom will be treated with respect while breastfeeding in public.

Friendswood resident Michelle Hickman tells KHOU she was shopping at the Target in Webster on Nov. 29, when her 4-month-old son, Noah, became hungry and fussy. She sat down in a remote part of the women’s clothing section, covered up with a large blanket and began breastfeeding. Two female Target employees harassed Hickman, and even after a later phone call to corporate headquarters, Target refused to apologize.

As many lactation-centered injustices do, the story and the outrage spread. More mothers shared stories about similar issues with Target employees.

Hickman and thousands of other breastfeeding mothers across the nation decided to stage a form of matronly protest.

The result was a literal flash mob: On Wednesday, moms met up at more than 100 Target stores in at least 35 states (including the one in Webster) to stage a 10 a.m. “nurse-in” at the popcorn-scented food court, the in-store Starbucks or just in the middle of the aisles while browsing the post-holiday sales. As they’re allowed to do.

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3 Responses to “100 Breastfeeding Flash Mobs”

  1. rick ybarra on December 29th, 2011 4:27 pm

    its necessary, but you can go to your car and avoid hassles. I have 7 kids and they were breast fed and I still say go to your car, not everybody wants to see you slinging milk to your kid in PUBLIC!

  2. jeani on December 29th, 2011 9:42 pm

    Why would anyone in their right mind want to sit on a filty target floor with a nursing baby? I am sure the employee told her to go into fitting room because there are seats in the rooms. I am a woman with 3 kids and see no need for me to see your breasts. By the picture it doesnt even look like she put anything over herself. Not everyone is thrilled to see her breasts, just the baby. Noone is impressed that she must be a wonderful mother because she breast feeds out in the middle of filthy public places. I realize its natural but There is a place for everything and she should not be so self centered. Please lady, consider others and their families.

  3. scott Zwierlein on December 30th, 2011 6:04 pm

    I was at a Denny’s restaurant in ca. and a young mother with her son were sitting across from me. The son was drinking orange juice from a sippy cup and had all of his teeth. After drinking his orange juice the mother decided to whip out her breast and stick it in her kids mouth. This woman was definately an exhibishinst and it’s disgusting that a mother would do this while people are trying to eat. And you want respect from men. Give me a break!