Here in Lakeland, my wife April was debating whether she would take our 2-month old son. I wanted her to go, and I wanted to support the cause. So, I suggested our entire family go.
April has been one of those "lactivists" for a while, and I am very supportive of her nursing. I'm a reasonably well-education biology teacher, so I understand the tremendous benefits for both mom and baby. Unfortunately, many in our society think nursing is gross or otherwise undesirable. And many actively work to make nursing more difficult. So, it's important that moms know their rights and know they're not alone in this battle.
So, I wanted our whole family to go. And off we went to the Lakeland Square Mall.
In the picture above, you can see April (the mom on the right) nursing our son. Our two daughters are there with her. We definitely want to raise children who are willing to stand up (or, in this case, sit down) for what's right.
It started simply enough.
But, it wasn't long before two mall security guards showed up. At first, they said the women couldn't sit on the floor because it's dangerous. When the women asked if it was illegal, they were told they were loitering. Eventually, the mall security told the women one of their baby strollers was blocking the entrance to the store. Ironically, the baby stroller excuse is the exact same excuse used by the Hollister manager at the Houston Galleria. That must be standard mall training.
Take a look at the pictures and see how blocked the entrance was, or was not. The women agreed to stand, and the security guards moved over a little farther away.
Then, one of the guards went to brief an employee at the Gordon's Jewelers across the walkway. Eventually, a third security guard was posted to guard Hollister from the dangerous mommy-terrorists.
Here are the first two security guards strategizing after telling the moms
they were loitering, dangerously sitting, and blocking the entrance.
Briefing Gordon's on the dangers.
You can just tell these people are up to no good.
Here is guard #3 posted outside Hollister.