Outraged Moms Whip Out Their Breasts During A Breastfeeding Protest At A Mall!

Tue, February 1, 2011 2:22pm EST by 3 Comments

iStockAngry moms create a flash mob in a Canadian mall after one woman is refused the right to breastfeed in a store. Would you have joined in?

Good news for all the breastfeeding women out there! About a hundred moms in Montreal staged a ‘nurse-in’ protest at a downtown shopping mall on Jan. 19. They all stood their ground and began to breastfeed their children simultaneously before a crowd of reporters, mall security guards, shoppers and family. Way to go ladies!

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It all started when 36-year-old mother of three, Shannon Smith was kicked out of children’s clothing store, Orchestra on Jan. 5, after a female employee spotted her nursing her fussy infant under a blanket in a secluded corner of the store. Shannon was upset and embarrassed when the employee came over to her and told her to stop breastfeeding. Her embarrassment turned to outrage and she decided to start a blog entitled breastfortheweary.com, where she could discuss the incident with other mothers who could relate to the situation.

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“I’m pissed,” she wrote. “My older kids were sitting in their stroller watching the movie when my youngest got hungry. So I fed her. She’s 5 months old, and she eats breast milk. From my actual breast. Shocking, I know!” With this one post, the blog created a ton of traffic, with nearly 7,000 mothers replying so far! A day later a Facebook group was created, which planned the “nurse-in” protest. Soon news outlets became aware of the protest and a debate sparked up — who was right, Shannon or the store?

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On Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. as planned, over a hundred nursing moms arrived as a flash mob at Montreal’s Complexe Les Ailes shopping mall and allowed their babies to get down to business. Now, the clothing store has apologized to Shannon, blaming the situation on the inexperienced employee. Although courts have generally ruled in favor of nursing moms, most Canadian provinces, including Quebec, do not have laws explicitly allowing mothers to breast-feed in public. Hopefully this flash mob at the mall will start to change all of that.

–Leigh Blickley

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Posted at 11:54 PM on February 1, 2011  

I think this is awesome! You go momma! (and all the others who helped you protest!) The same thing happened to me at a store in downtown Philadelphia, Pa. I was covered and everything.. they didn’t offer any other place for me to be. The man working walked up to me and said we do not allow breastfeeding in the store. I got up and walked out. I was so pissed!

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Posted at 4:32 PM on February 1, 2011  

Good for them. It’s sad that someone thought that retreating to a secluded corner of the store to breastfeed with the breast entirely covered by a blanket was something that needed to be addressed. If the photo above is any indication, what they wound up with instead was 100 mothers not bothering to cover up with blankets.

Breastfeeding is the healthiest, most natural way to feed a baby. A mother’s body produces breast milk just for that purpose (duh). It is far superior to anything that man can manufacture in a factory and stick in a can to be placed on a grocery store shelf. And the act of breastfeeding is not pornographic, though it often seems to be treated that way.

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Paul Kent

Posted at 4:16 PM on February 1, 2011  

way to go.

I think every mother should have the right to feed their baby, period. Breast feeding is natural, beautiful and should be supported.

It was probably just an embarrassed store clerk, but they need a slap none the less.

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