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"Lactivists" plan nurse-in outside Evans courthouse

'Lactivists' seek protection for breast feeding

Posted: March 4, 2012 - 1:06am  |  Updated: March 5, 2012 - 8:36am
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Photos by Jim Blaylock  Andrea McPherson feeds her son James, 6 months, while she sits with her daughter, Elena, 5. McPherson plans to participate in a nurse-in at the Columbia County Justice Center on Monday in an effort to ensure breast feeding is exempt from claims of public indecency.
Photos by Jim Blaylock Andrea McPherson feeds her son James, 6 months, while she sits with her daughter, Elena, 5. McPherson plans to participate in a nurse-in at the Columbia County Justice Center on Monday in an effort to ensure breast feeding is exempt from claims of public indecency.

 

More than 40 people plan to protest in front of the Columbia County Justice Center Monday in an attempt to gain improved legal protection for breast-feeding mothers.

“We tell every mother ‘breast is best,’ but then, socially, we harass them and we just make it this very negative thing,” said local event coordinator Heather Comprosky. “We need to allow mothers to do what they feel is right and to be free of harassment or discrimination.”

Comprosky and other local “lactivists” organized the movement in Evans, but the “nurse-in” is part of a statewide effort to bring awareness to the discrimination faced by nursing mothers who breast feed in public.

Similar events are scheduled on Monday in Atlanta, Woodbine, Savannah and Warner Robins.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., supporters plan to gather on the front lawn of the Evans courthouse at 640 Ronald Reagan Drive.

The effort first started after Woodbine mother Nirvana Jeannette was forced out of her church for breast feeding and told by law enforcement that she could be arrested for indecent exposure.

“Basically, our state laws do not cover us from the indecency exposure (law), so we could still be arrested,” said Comprosky, who nurses her 18-month-old son.

Comprosky said they’re pushing to change state legislation to protect mothers nursing in public from being harassed and arrested.

“We’ve contacted our local government to invite them and let them know what we’re trying to accomplish,” she said.

For information about the Evans “nurse-in,” visit www.facebook.com/events/230481173708848.

IF YOU GO

What: Evans “nurse-in”

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday

Where: Front lawn of Columbia County Justice Center, 640 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans

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Comments (6)

belle

Seriously?

Why is this an issue? A simple draping of a lightweight scarf over mom's shoulder and baby and everyone is at ease and relaxed. (although it is still considered rude at the dinner table) Besides, in this hectic society pumping is a much better choice anyway.

Little Lamb

Hectic?

Pumping now and feeding later takes twice as much time as nursing on demand (not to mention the bottles you've got to fool with). How is that going to improve a hectic society?

Hummercrazy03

What's the problem?

Why is this such a big issue with everyone? Dont you eat out in public? Dont you see women at the beaches or swimming pools in half covered biniki's? What is the difference? I am a nursing mother and do cover up with a pull-over blanket and I do nurse when I need to at the dinner table. My child has to eat and the best thing for my child is my breastmilk. If you dont like it, then dont look.

belle

hectic?

Surely you don't carry your child everywhere you go, 24/7. So you MUST have to pump on occasion. Using that pumped milk when out in public with your child is then no more time consuming and MUCH more convenient.

GaStang22

Exactly belle.

Exactly belle.

GaStang22

Ya know usually when I see a

Ya know usually when I see a mother not being descrete and a nipple pops out I just think to myself how classless she is and move away. Now I think I'll just start calling the cops and pressing charges. Thanks for the encouragement!! =)

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