Nurse-in scheduled for tomorrow at the Ann Arbor YMCA

Filed under: Nutrition: Health, Media

Lifeguards at the YMCA in Ann Arbor, Michigan picked the wrong town to lay down the "rules" about breastfeeding in the pool area. Melissa Summers brought you the original story a couple weeks ago, and now the lactivists have regrouped and have planned a mass "nurse in" to take place tomorrow at the YMCA where Kelly Fuks was ordered out of the pool area because her act of breastfeeding her 6-month-old infant was "distracting the lifeguards." Krista Dragun, a local breast-feeding advocate, is organizing the nurse-in and says mothers will meet at 1 p.m. in the lobby of the building. So the moms are going to do what lactivists did to Barabara Walters and Rosie O'Donnell when they said stupid things about breastfeeding in public: they are going to flaunt their babies---and their boobs---right in the YMCA's lobby.

When I lived in Ann Arbor a few years ago, a group of nursing moms were meeting weekly at a local coffee shop, and told they had to leave because it was distracting. They learned that Michigan law does not protect nursing moms like laws in other states, and the owner had the right to do so. If you ask me, someone ought to call in the la leche league of Michigan and not just stage a nurse-in, but use their combined powers and the momentum of this story to lobby the legislature to create a law that will protect nursing mothers anywhere they want to nurse.

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