Probably because social media has made us paranoid and defensive. I mean really, if we didn't have Facebook spreading these stories among our community like wildfire it would rarely hit news media and few of us would know that it happened, but we share it with each other, so we know. Over time it starts to feel like we are being ostracized more frequently than we really are. In the last few weeks I have nursed at the Mall of America, the grocery store, Walmart, JoAnn Fabrics, the craft store, the car dealership, the mall and in my car in busy parking lots. No one has said a thing to me, not once. A pharmacy employee offered me the shot room if I was interested, but I didn't read into it, I'm more apt to give her credit for thinking that perhaps I would prefer a more private place to nurse my baby. While it did cross my mind that SHE might be weirded out by me sitting on the ONLY bench that wasn't in the middle of the check out lanes to nurse my baby in plain view, it's not really my assumption. Maybe that was her motivation, but does it matter?
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As a public service announcement, mom-to-mom...I think we also owe bottle feeding moms a break. We've talked about this before at TGL, but let's say it again. You don't know her story, and so what if she CHOSE to bottle feed ok? You CHOSE to breastfeed and if you wish to feed your baby in peace, allow your bottle feeding momma peers to do the same. More on this later!