Terri’s breastfeeding story of how she breastfed in public despite criticism!
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When my first child was born (1979) it was taboo to breastfeed (at least where anyone knew you were doing it).
My second child was no easier. But when I had my son in 1991, I refused to be embarrassed while feeding my child. While eating out at a local restaurant, my son was hungry. I discreetly lifted my blouse and covered his head with a receiving blanket.
The management came over and told me that there was a complaint and if I could please feed my son in the bathroom. I very calmly told the manager that I would feed my son in the bathroom as long as the woman who complained would join me with her meal.
Astonishment was written all over his face! He had never really thought about it that way! And he did relay the message to the woman, who ended up changing her table.
The next time we were in this particular restaurant, the manager came over apologized and bought our dinner. He explained that he was in a position that he had to make all of his customers happy, but after hearing me so calmly agree to breastfeed in the bathroom as long as she ate there too, he realized how right I was.
Why should anyone eat in a public bathroom, especially a small infant? I applaud all women who stand up for their right to feed their babies wherever and whenever they are hungry, in the God-given way.
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