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Civil Rights – Could there be anything scarier than a flash mob of angry, nursing mothers? No. After Claire Jones-Hughes was told to stop feeding her infant in a café, the mother didn’t lash out in an enraged, postpartum fit. She instead organized a breastfeeding flash mob, inciting other fed-up mommies to join for the “nurse-in.”
Jones-Hughes, founder of Brightonmums.com, scoured through the internet community to relay her message, “We have chosen a public venue, where there is space to be seated but also be noticed.”
In a column in The Guardian, she followed up, “After being verbally attacked for not covering up while feeding my four-month-old, I decided it was time to make a statement to show that mothers will no longer tolerate being harassed for feeding our babies in public.”
As a result, 40 moms appeared at the Clock Tower, breastfeeding their babies for all the public passerby’s to witness. The event kicked off plans for more public demonstrations for women’s rights as Jones-Hughes blogged, “Women in both London and Manchester staged flash mobs for National Breastfeeding Awareness month in June. But it is part of a growing trend.”
The issue has been mirrored in the U.S as well—there have been “nurse ins” on the sidewalks of Illinois with activist group La Leche League (I know, so cute) backing the movements. The group encourages educating moms about the importance of breastfeeding.
Unfortunately, mothers have been shunned from society for their “indecency,” so naturally some moms are forced to feel uncomfortable about feeding their babies in public. A poll released in 2009 from Mother& Baby magazine reported that 65% of mothers in the UK were too self conscious to even try breastfeeding and 41% only do it in private.
Claire Jones-Hughes and many like-minded mothers continue to battle with society for their rights.
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