Last week while listening to The Mo Radio Show on Q92.5 I heard something that as a proud breastfeeding mom upset me immensely. On his show Mo compared breastfeeding to urinating in public. Yup, you read that right, he compared providing a child with nourishment to defecating. Here’s the proof.
I’m sure most of you are aware that breastfeeding in public is legal where as urinating in public is not. Rather quickly a discussion began on one of my favorite Facebook pages – The Breastfeeding Center – and I along with many others thought a nurse-in would be a great idea. I was thrilled when I found out that DJ AJ9 (Anna-Jeannine Herman) had organized one to take place on January 14th at the Q92.5 studio!
So what’s a nurse-in?
Essentially, a Nurse-In is exactly that- it’s a form of protest. It’s a method of gaining attention for a cause and showing resistance to the opposing side. It’s also an attempt to ‘normalize’ breastfeeding, as many people believe that the reason some people take issue with breastfeeding in public stems from the lack of it’s social presence for the last 50+ years in American society. The idea is the more people see it, the more aware they are of normal breastfeeding relationships- that they aren’t ‘dirty’, ‘sexual’, ‘perverted’, or ‘inappropriate’, that they will see the fact that breastfeeding is healthy, beneficial, and necessary. (Thank you – Nursing Bling.)
And so at 5PM on January 14th 2013 myself and a few other mamas, babies, and supporters showed up at the radio station. Mo mentioned that he didn’t think anyone would actually show up because he had since stated that he agrees with breastfeeding in public, but wanted to show both sides of the story. But that wasn’t the point…. by staging this nurse-in breastfeeding was getting publicity. In fact breastfeeding had been talked about on Mo’s show for five straight days and he even invited some experts on the topic to talk on the show like Betsy from the Breastfeeding Center! If we had let his ignorant statement go the opportunity to share and educate the public on what breastfeeding truly is would have been missed. And to have a nurse-in that was broadcasted live to thousands of people… that couldn’t be passed up.
Mo welcomed us into the studio and DJ AJ9 even answered questions from callers. She also came prepared with handouts including one of the best things I have ever read – “Read It: Every Argument Against NIP Debunked.”
Here are some photos from our nurse-in….
And no I don’t hate Mo…. see I even took a picture with him to prove it. I’m not sure what Willow thinks of him though she did give him a little smile, hehe. I will say that I do feel he picked a very poor analogy and hopefully has realized that though I doubt he will ever admit it.
Oh and in case you were wondering…. this is the shirt I was wearing. A perfect way to end this post I do believe, hehe.