Angry 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!
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.
“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?
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.