Texas mothers, babies, and supports are planning a nurse-In at Fort Worth, TX Magazine tomorrow.
Why? Fort Worth, Texas Magazine published an inflammatory, highly offensive Q&A piece in their March issue about breastfeeding in church and did not apologize for encouraging harassment of nursing mothers and children.
Check out the full offending article, titled Distracting Behavior.
What is offensive to me personally is that the magazine places breastfeeding under “bad behavior” yet Texas law sides with mothers which authorizes a woman to breastfeed her child in any location. – Tex. Health Code Ann. § 165.002 (1995)
The magazine has received so much negative attention regarding this issue that they made a statement. Instead of apologizing, ”magazine owner and publisher Hal Brown dismissed the hullabaloo,” according to KVUE News, saying ”It was simply a writer giving her opinion, which is what this column is all about.” Does this mean they allow authors to say whatever discriminatory idea that pops into their head? Would blatant racism be allowed? “Brown added he is fully supportive of breastfeeding, but he also says he’s not going to apologize for staff writers.”
A mother has the right to nourish her child, from breast to bottle, without harassment anywhere she happens to be. Supporters of the nurse-in tomorrow want Molly Forthright and the magazine to know that internet bullying like Molly’s, veiled as “opinion”, is wrong. Breastfeeding is not icky and that saying nursing women are “putting on a show in the house of the Lord” is unacceptable. The Bible supports breastfeeding, as does Texas Law.
Nurse-in Details: Friday, April 12, 2013 at 10:00AM. Where: 6777 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX. Join the Facebook Event page!
The Fort Worth, Texas Magazine nurse-in went smoothly today. According to participant Jenny Spencer, the head count was 140 mothers, babies, and supporters and several of the magazine’s employees came out and spoke to everyone in the peaceful gathering. They even baked cookies to show their support.
According to Naya, organizer, also known as the Lactivist in Louboutins, “The magazine’s editor, Diane Stow, came down to see us with a news crew next to her. She told us she had nursed all 4 of her children. She told us a story where she breastfed her child in public under a blanket. So let me get this straight: as a former nursing mom, she thought it was acceptable to publish an advice column encouraging readers to bully breastfeeding moms. Mrs. Stow told a local news station in a separate interview that the magazine never set out to offend anyone.”
Fort Worth, Texas Magazine Nurse-in photo by Meredith Duffy Sorensen
Rachel Ann Bushman with her children holding a sign, “Stop Shaming Us!!!” and “If you don’t support nursing in public, then you don’t support breastfeeding.” Photos by Jenalea Laraine Johnson.
Photo by Audrey Heckmann Archibald.
Check out this inspirational tandeming mama with her twins. Tandem breastfeeding in public is something we all need to see more often. And I love this beautiful poster. It really seemed like a lovely event, bringing the community together to support families.
Media: CBS News on the nurse-in.
If you missed the nurse-in today but still want to help nursing families in Texas, visit TXBFLeg.com to help HB 741 and HB 1706 become laws!
Did you participate in the nurse-in? Have you nursed in church? Share your story!
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