For all who are interested in breastfeeding issues, the Charlotte Observer had an interesting article -
I find it interesting that the women interviewed for this article are all from Michigan, my home state. My family & I went to the MI faire, this past labor day. It was hot and my then two-year-old didn't want to wear the beautiful dress I labored 30+ hours to make; so she spent the day in nothing but her diaper. A number of people found it their business to say something. I ignored them. When security asked me to dress her I tried but she got very upset and began to cry. So we nursed on the edge of the stage [at the Guiness Pub] and everyone left us alone after that. Guess they weren't sure what we would do next. On other visits to MI, I was also asked twice at restaurants to breastfeed in the restroom. Showing those dorks my card with a copy of the federal law allowing to me show my boobies to breastfeed in public, shut them up. In conservative NC, where I currently live, no one has ever said a word to about my child's attire or our breastfeeding in public. Makes me less homesick.
There is also a poll about breastfeeding in public
I have been breastfeeding my child for over three years, not because I want to, because she wants to. I believe in something called 'child led weaning'. That doesn't mean I plan to be bag lunch once she starts kindergarten. My daughter only nurses at to go to sleep at night, at 3 a.m. to keep me from a good night's sleep and when she wakes up. Exceptions are when she is upset or sick. Years ago where bottles and formula weren't available, the average weaning age was between 4 & 7 years so we aren't that weird.
I belong to an international organization, LaLeche League, that is a mother to mother support group for breastfeeding women and families. They have been a fabulous help to me and thousands of other women who want to breastfeed. LaLeche is usually the one behind all of the breastfeeding legislation and a major watchdog over the formula & babyfood manufacturers. The lady who was my mentor had breastfed for 19 years total, 7 children and 1 grandchild [part-time when mother was at work]. Maybe that sounds gross to some of you but it didn't bother me. I'm not a big joiner of groups but LaLeche & the Wenches Guild are both about women who aren't afraid to be different and stand up for their rights.
Off my soapbox [and off to FL tomorrow],