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Houston-area woman organizes breastfeeding flash mob at Target stores
SFGate: Hot Topic ^ | 12/28/11 | Jillian Cohan

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.

“I’ve 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 don’t have to travel with a brand-new infant. They can go to the Target right up the road and support me.”

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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.

1 posted on 12/28/2011 11:38:13 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Agree.


2 posted on 12/28/2011 11:40:44 AM PST by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: SmithL

This suckles.


3 posted on 12/28/2011 11:41:42 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: SmithL

what a bunch of boobs


4 posted on 12/28/2011 11:42:26 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: SmithL

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.


5 posted on 12/28/2011 11:42:49 AM PST by american_ranger
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
“I’ve gotten way more support than I imagined
And she'll probably be needing more support from now on.
6 posted on 12/28/2011 11:44:48 AM PST by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: SmithL

Life imitates ‘Married With Children.’


7 posted on 12/28/2011 11:46:22 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SmithL

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


8 posted on 12/28/2011 11:46:25 AM PST by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: SmithL

I was once escorted out of Nordstroms for nursing a beer in public.


9 posted on 12/28/2011 11:47:33 AM PST by GSWarrior (Businessmen are more trustworthy than politicians, professors and preachers.)
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To: american_ranger

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)


10 posted on 12/28/2011 11:47:33 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: SmithL

Udderly ridiculous!


11 posted on 12/28/2011 11:47:38 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Forced diversity causes dissent!)
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To: SmithL

TTIWWP


12 posted on 12/28/2011 11:49:03 AM PST by RockinRight (If you're waiting to drink until you find pure water, you're going to die of dehydration.)
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To: SmithL

Target: Not Just A Store, A Tiddy Bar. Expect More, Pay Less.


13 posted on 12/28/2011 11:49:20 AM PST by tumblindice
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To: SmithL
...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.

I guess Michelle never heard of a pump.
14 posted on 12/28/2011 11:49:26 AM PST by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: tsowellfan

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.

Flame away!


15 posted on 12/28/2011 11:50:50 AM PST by VA40
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To: SmithL

The babies’ heads get in the way. (I’m sick. I admit it.)


16 posted on 12/28/2011 11:52:22 AM PST by Daveinyork
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To: SmithL

It’s never the ones you would want to see. Like a supermodel breastfeeding protest....


17 posted on 12/28/2011 11:52:34 AM PST by Kozak ("It's not an Election it's a Restraining Order" .....PJ O'Rourke)
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To: mrmeyer
Exactly, and did they harass her or just make her feel uncomfortable? Which is it?
If she was being so discreet no one would have noticed!
18 posted on 12/28/2011 11:54:51 AM PST by VA40
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To: WOBBLY BOB

what a bunch of boobs

Tit for tat.


19 posted on 12/28/2011 11:55:13 AM PST by jessduntno (The Republican elite hates him, Rove hates him, Boehner hates him, liberals hate him. It's Newt!)
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To: SmithL

Americans think this is “freedom.”

They also think freedom is being able to choose between Medicare Part B or D.


20 posted on 12/28/2011 11:55:26 AM PST by PGR88 (Sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: american_ranger

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?????


21 posted on 12/28/2011 11:55:44 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SmithL

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.


22 posted on 12/28/2011 11:57:28 AM PST by MissEdie (America went to the polls on 11-4-08 and all we got was a socialist thug and a dottering old fool.)
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To: SmithL

Organized by F.A.N.G. (Feminists Against Neanderthal Guys)

23 posted on 12/28/2011 11:58:08 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: VA40

Target is run by leftists. Give them your money if you want.


24 posted on 12/28/2011 11:58:08 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: SmithL; mrmeyer; american_ranger; Reddy

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.


25 posted on 12/28/2011 11:58:51 AM PST by pennyfarmer (Even a RINO will chew its foot off when caught in a trap.)
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To: SmithL

As W C Fields said to Mae West, “Show us your tits.”


26 posted on 12/28/2011 11:59:16 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: SmithL
Exploitation of a non issue.

Look at me! Look at me!

27 posted on 12/28/2011 12:00:21 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: VA40

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.


28 posted on 12/28/2011 12:01:22 PM PST by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: VA40
My guess is she probably didn't appreciate the attention, facial expressions, or raised eyebrows in response to her actions. Notice though, it isn't about what she did to receive those reactions, but rather how they made HER feel.

It reminds me of when I was in a pizza place and the owner kicked two young twenty somethings out for necking at a table while waiting for their food. There's a time and place for everything, and some folks have no concept of common courtesy.
29 posted on 12/28/2011 12:04:23 PM PST by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: Navy Patriot

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!


30 posted on 12/28/2011 12:04:37 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: SmithL

Well stated. They are just a bunch of attention whores.


31 posted on 12/28/2011 12:04:37 PM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: pennyfarmer
My opinion is that anyone who publicly expresses disgust is hoping for a glimpse.

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.

32 posted on 12/28/2011 12:05:57 PM PST by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: SmithL; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...

Booby ping!



33 posted on 12/28/2011 12:05:57 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Kozak
It’s never the ones you would want to see. Like a supermodel breastfeeding protest....

That's because babies can't get milk through silicone.
34 posted on 12/28/2011 12:09:40 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

LoL..


35 posted on 12/28/2011 12:11:20 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: SmithL
Nursing a child is natural. Breastfeeding a child in public as part of an organized protest is exhibitionism.

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.

36 posted on 12/28/2011 12:13:21 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SmithL

This should be in breaking news!

37 posted on 12/28/2011 12:15:56 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Slings and Arrows

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.


38 posted on 12/28/2011 12:16:54 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Remain downwind.


39 posted on 12/28/2011 12:17:23 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: tsowellfan
I know all about this Target thing, been hanging around here a very long time. Frankly, I don't spend enough to make a difference really. My Walmart is full of lines and lines of the entitled ones with their food stamps, I'm betting they are democrats.
My Target has employees from my neighborhood, kids from my son's high school. The barista at their starbucks is a child of a colleague.
I boycott many things and many places, but ya got to choose your battles wisely.
40 posted on 12/28/2011 12:18:04 PM PST by VA40
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To: VA40
Exactly, and did they harass her or just make her feel uncomfortable? Which is it? If she was being so discreet no one would have noticed!

Exactly.

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.

41 posted on 12/28/2011 12:22:43 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: SmithL

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.


42 posted on 12/28/2011 12:25:04 PM PST by tumblindice
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To: To Hell With Poverty

But you didn’t have a baby to gain a prop for political theater.


43 posted on 12/28/2011 12:27:04 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: SmithL

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.


44 posted on 12/28/2011 12:28:04 PM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: SmithL
Nursing a child is natural. Breastfeeding a child in public as part of an organized protest is exhibitionism.

Roger that.

There are plenty of other "natural" processes, that I've no desire to see people perform in public, either.

45 posted on 12/28/2011 12:28:17 PM PST by wbill
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To: SmithL
Breastfeeding is wonderful and natural, agreed. However, the woman was actually just promoting her own pride at being a breastfeeding mother. Deep down she wanted attention. If not, she could have asked Target to allow her a few minutes in a dressing room to feed her child. Or she could have gone out to her car. Or prepared ahead and used a breast pump and filled a bottle. There is no need to be a public spectacle, no matter how natural and wonderful the act of breastfeeding is.

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.

46 posted on 12/28/2011 12:28:42 PM PST by CitizenM (Obama's legacy will be to be remembered as The architect of the decline of the USA)
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To: Vigilanteman
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.

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.

47 posted on 12/28/2011 12:32:48 PM PST by babyfreep
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To: SmithL

The pic confirms what we expect . . the usual cast of suspects


48 posted on 12/28/2011 12:35:29 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (MERRY CHRISTMAS to the ACLU)
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To: SmithL

everything gets exploited these days.


49 posted on 12/28/2011 12:39:14 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: tsowellfan; SmithL

“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.


50 posted on 12/28/2011 12:47:09 PM PST by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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