Skip to comments.Houston-area woman organizes breastfeeding flash mob at Target stores
Posted on 12/28/2011 11:38:03 AM PST by SmithL
Breastfeeding moms gathered around the country today, including about 50 in the Houston area, for nurse-ins in support of a Texas woman who says she was harassed last month while nursing her infant son at a Webster Target store.
The nursing flash mobs were planned in 35 states after women heard about the case of Michelle Hickman, who says employees made her feel uncomfortable when she fed her son at the store while Christmas shopping last month.
Ive gotten way more support than I imagined, Hickman said today outside the Webster store.
The beauty of the protest, she added, was that nursing moms around the country could easily join in the action.
This is something they can participate in from their own home, their own town. They dont have to travel with a brand-new infant. They can go to the Target right up the road and support me.
(Excerpt) Read more at blog.sfgate.com ...
Brittany Hinson breastfeeds her 4-month-old son, Kennedy, during a nurse-in in front of the Super Target store Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, in Webster. Hinson participated in the event in support of breast feeding and in support of a local woman, Michelle Hickman, after she was approached by Target employees for breastfeeding in the store. "It's not like she was walking around topless, " Hinson said. "She was sitting down covered up." The nurse-in was one of more than 100 planned in at least 35 states.
Nursing a child is natural. Breastfeeding a child in public as part of an organized protest is exhibitionism.
what a bunch of boobs
I am fed up with obnoxious people who insist that they be allowed to do anything in public. My wife breastfed (in private.) At family functions she would excuse herself and find a private room.
Life imitates ‘Married With Children.’
Liberal democrats in Targets? No biggie. They’re singing to the choir there.
Now if they did that at Walmart... that’d be something we could call bold.
Walmart and their shoppers tend to be more conservative
I was once escorted out of Nordstroms for nursing a beer in public.
I could see being disgusted with people who scratch their privates in public or fart in elevators... but I dont understand the objections to breast feeding in public.
In fact I would encourage others to do it (especially you, Megan Fox)
Target: Not Just A Store, A Tiddy Bar. Expect More, Pay Less.
My two cents: I hate Walmart - nothing political, just personal. I love my Target.
If I had run into this trying to get into Target, I would have HAD to light up a cigarette.
The babies’ heads get in the way. (I’m sick. I admit it.)
It’s never the ones you would want to see. Like a supermodel breastfeeding protest....
what a bunch of boobs
Tit for tat.
Americans think this is “freedom.”
They also think freedom is being able to choose between Medicare Part B or D.
Yep, I wonder how it is we have gotten to this point. We have gotten to a point where everybody wants to do anything they want in public, and claim that it’s a constitutional right of some kind. And, that anyone who objects is a member of some bigoted hateful group.
In this case, why can’t nursing mothers find a quiet place to feed the baby, and not draw such attention to this subject? Why has someone decided that the constitutional rights of nursing mothers are violated?????
I breastfed my daughter, and I would never go out in public to do it. There are some things that need to remain private and this is one of them.
Organized by F.A.N.G. (Feminists Against Neanderthal Guys)
Target is run by leftists. Give them your money if you want.
My opinion is that anyone who publicly expresses disgust is hoping for a glimpse.
My wife breastfeeds often in public places and she is discreet about it. She tries to find a more private area but often times a place out of the way with blankets to cover up is about as private as it gets.
I am amazed at the people who proclaim family values and keeping families together and Moms at home, yet they act disgusted when a baby is eating. I am going to start to express disgust every time I see someone stuff 1500 calories in their face at a restaurant. Maybe I should demand that those people be fed a juiced version of a salad served at room temperature.
As W C Fields said to Mae West, “Show us your tits.”
Look at me! Look at me!
There’s always the exception.
Fact is, activist liberal democrats HATE Walmart (for political reasons) so they make it a point to go to Target and always avoid Walmart.
Do democrats go to Walmart? Of course. Republicans to Targets yes. But those republicans at Targets are shopping among activist type liberal school teachers, government workers, pro-union types who intentionally go to Targets because Target is indeed liberal friendly.
At Walmart it’s called a “Christmas” Tree. At Target it’s called a “Holiday” Tree.
At Walmart you’ll see books by Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin and Sean Hannity along with Christian books, the Holy Bible and books on individualism. At Targets they’re books by Oprah, Michelle Obama and other liberal incons.
I’m going to hold a poop-in. we can all wear Depends and soil ourselves together.
(after all, it’s covered up and part of nature.)
look at me! look at me! I’m being oppressed!
Well stated. They are just a bunch of attention whores.
In Portland, Maine only a couple years ago these women did a topless protest. They announced it for days ahead of time to promote the upcoming topless protest and then the day came and they all walked down the main street of the city topless.
On the six o clock news one of the topless protesters complained in an interview that she was "dissappointed" that so many people just came to watch and see the girls topless and even more dissapointed that they were taking picutures.
There's video of this interview online. Proves your point.
Correct. I have zero objection if a woman breastfeeds in public. There are plenty of ways to do it without flaunting it.
If the mother is not making an exhibition of it, the store should leave her the hell alone. Especially a store a store like Target which sells things for infants.
This should be in breaking news!
I used to breastfeed my babies in Target all the time - IN THE DRESSING ROOM. Where I had privacy, time alone with the baby, plenty of room and a place to sit down. I really don’t see the upside to nursing with one arm while pushing a cart with the other, unless you have a totally pointless point to make.
I encountered one of these militant breastfeeding mama's once years ago.
She was a very overweight leftover hippie type who was walking through the store shirt WIDE open (which was wide considering her size) and both enormous boobs hanging out for the whole world to see.
It was NOT a pretty sight.
FWIW, I am a huge fan of nursing babies, I did so myself, but never used it as an excuse to make an exhibitionist of myself.
Another side to the issue is that if we’re on our way to becoming a second or even third world country, under the stewardship of our Int’l Man of Mystery & Dear Leader—well, I suppose we’re going to have to get used to seeing one anothers’ private glands displayed in public places, as at a Matamoros market.
But you didn’t have a baby to gain a prop for political theater.
Breast feeding is a natural act, just like changing a dirty diaper. You don’t need either one of them out for public display. When I go to the mall, to shop; I don’t want to see some exhibitionists showing off their assets, and I don’t want to see any naked, dirty baby ‘assets’ either.
There are plenty of other "natural" processes, that I've no desire to see people perform in public, either.
I breastfed all my children and never once needed to sit in a public place where any one person might have been uncomfortable. Besides, I thought more of my child's quiet and comfort than to sit somewhere where noise and passersby might make my baby less relaxed. My children deserved peace and quiet and a time with me alone when I could sing and rock them as they nursed. I did not have to rush them in order to finish shopping, or because strangers might look our way. They did not need to be used as my statement on breastfeeding in order to advance my personal opinion or desires. One who truly cares about the child's comfort more than just flaunting one's opinion in the face of others plans ahead and finds a quiet, private place, or brings a bottle for those times when they are in public.
You are so right. If she "flopped it out" for the entire world to see and didn't make an effort to be discreet, I can understand if the store asked her to "take it to her car", etc. If she did it right and sat in the cafe or Starbucks, etc, neither Target nor their customers would have even known a baby was being fed.
The pic confirms what we expect . . the usual cast of suspects
everything gets exploited these days.
“Walmart and their shoppers tend to be more conservative”
Where is your /sarc tag? I have seen more teetas in Wally weird and there was NO baby attached.