Sadly, if you’ve ever nursed in public, you likely have, at some point, been subject to unsolicited comments, criticism, rubbernecking, or even ejection off the premises. If you have a story to share, MomsRisingPV, the political arm of the Massachusetts-based MotherWoman, has launched a campaign to advocate for the rights of mothers to breastfeed in public.
The campaign has two parts: 1) MomsRisingPV is collecting stories from mothers who have been made to feel uncomfortable or even been harassed for breastfeeding in a store, restaurant, workplace, or other public place in Massachusetts. 2) MomsRisingPV is urging people to send letters to their Massachusetts state senators in support of Senate Bill 78, An Act Relative to the Public Health Benefits of Breast Feeding. This legislation will be considered this fall and would make breastfeeding in public an action protected under Massachusetts state law.
For information on how to contact your state senator, and a sample letter that you are welcome to copy and paste, see MotherWoman’s campaign page. If you have questions about the campaign, email MomsRisingPV directly.