The boob-o-phobes are at it again.
Here's my response:
I was shocked and horrified to hear of the treatment of nursing mom and guest of Ronald McDonald House Houston, Jessica Swimeley. Jessica is trying to do the absolute best thing for her sick child and should not be required to hide in order to do it. Human milk has healing properties critical for sick children, and Jessica should be commended for nursing her son - not shamed for it! If staff is uncomfortable with seeing a mom breastfeed, that is their problem - it should not be made into the mother's problem! Do you make moms who feed their babies formula from a bottle go up to their rooms? Nursing moms should be allowed to breastfeed anywhere formula-feeding moms are able to bottle-feed. Not to mention, Texas state law protects the rights of mothers to breastfeed in public places.
There are any number of recent events that should indicate that nursing moms are organized and willing to stick up for their rights. Please take this opportunity to garner the goodwill and support of the breastfeeding mom community and their supporters - it would be very easy to clarify your company policy and welcome nursing moms in all of your houses. This incident is making its way around blogs and message boards, and moms across the country will undoubtedly be sending you their horrified letters and e-mails. I would hate for Ronald McDonald House, which has done so very much for sick children and their families, to have a black mark put on their image by refusal to do the right thing by this mom. Nursing is the most natural, healthy thing a mother can do for her baby and she should be commended, not shamed or threatened, for doing it.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
Not very eloquent, I know, but I had to type it before both of my children's heads exploded from impatience! Let's fill their inboxes by the time they hit the office tomorrow morning.