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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Nurse-in at Hollister

Back in December, Brittany Warfield was at the Galleria Mall in Houston, TX. She was nursing her baby in front of the Hollister, when the manager came out and yelled at her, ordering her to move. The news story spread, and the media tried to get a response from Hollister. Unfortunately, the corporation refused to comment. Thus, a nationwide nurse-in was organized.

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.


15 comments:

  1. Great to hear a dad being so supportive! I shared your post on our fb page https://www.facebook.com/bfgeorgia Rock on Dad! BTW those ladies look very dangerous lol :)

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  2. Way to go! Those guards should be ashamed of themselves....their iq's clearly show they were not breastfed, so you can't blame them too much. Way to go dad for being so supportive! booo to hollister! They are forever boycotted in this house &I will be telling EVERYONE I know about them hating breastfeeding mothers. Shame, shame, shame!

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  3. This just infuriates me!! I am a first time nursing mother and some peoples ignorance just makes you wonder about how our human culture is raised... You go MOMS!!! And thanks for supporting dads!!!:)

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  4. Just shared this on my FB.. Hate that store anyways but know people shop there and will be a skin them not to.. Wish I could've done a Nurse-In here in Boston but my breasted 4 m/o is sick..People really need to get over their breast feeding ignorance! Babies don't chose where they get hungry and demand to be fed! And they can't hold their hunger until Mommy can find a convenient place to feed them so Mommy won't offend anyone!! Laws need to change. That's def a form of harassment!!

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  5. Thank you for being such a supportive dad. My husband supports me BF'ing in our home, but he would never attend an event like the Nurse-In today. I am grateful, though, that he watched the older children for me so that I could take our 5 month old to the local Nurse-In held in Huntsville, AL, so I can't complain too much. Wish he was more like you, though...You are an awesome dad!!

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    1. My wife has an advantage that she's married to a natural-born rebel who is always looking for a protest to join. I don't like carrying diaper bags, though. So, she bought me a Diaper Dude, complete with skull and crossbones, for Christmas. I'll be posting a review of that product some time in the future. ;-)

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  6. Proud of all of you ladies and gentlemen! Way to go moms and dads. Show those bastards that there is nothing wrong with breastfeeding no matter where you are. FREE COUNTRY and it's the most natural thing. Boobs weren't just put there to gock at. They have a purpose, this is their purpose!

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  7. so disgusting.. doing that in public..

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    1. You eat in public right? You can put a blanket over your head next time or try eating in a disgusting bathroom. God gave you the most amazing thing, called a neck. Dont like it dont look. We are protected. Your ignorance however is not.

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    2. Humans, as mammals, have depended on breastfeeding for all of their history. It wasn't until the 19th century, in the developed, Industrialized, West, that mothers had the option of replacing natural breast milk with an artificial formula. Even today, most mothers in the world nurse their children. And breastfeeding is still the best for mother's and baby's health--nutritionally, immunologically, and psychologically.

      Any belief that breastfeeding is disgusting must be because you've been raised in a society that is so divorced from what is natural, and so accustomed to replacing the mother's and baby's best interest with the corporate best interest (selling formula, getting moms to work more, etc). Just know that if any human society had felt that way prior to the 19th century, that society would probably have ceased to exist.

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  8. Thank you for sharing and so happy to hear from such a supportive hubby and father! I still BF our 18m old but just don't have the guts to attend a nurse-in. I wish I did, I guess im a shy lactivist :) Big kuddos to your wife too!!

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  9. Kudos to your wife and family for going! As a mom who nursed in public when my kids were little, I can't imagine someone telling me to move. I know my husband would have stood there right there next to me too. Heck he often sat next to me as I nursed in public!

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  10. Maybe Hollister should look into anorexia since that is what you have to pretty much have to be to fit in there clothes!!! Never liked that store the perfume cologne stinks the store is worse than going to a club wish I could have been there to support.

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  11. This is how rumors get started. I am for Breastfeeding, but when people Block my entrance or exit to any place I have an issue!!! It's about safety. Every mall you have has certain policies we all need to abide by them. I was there and these guards did their job. How do you know what was said to the Gorden's Staff, you don't why because you were not there listening. I shop at this mall, and everyone here are friendly and polite. Whatever happen in TX - take it with them. Don't spread malice rumors in Lakeland. Lastly, Those people you are targeting- Mall Security have breastfed and supports breast feeding- so if you fell that insignificant- don't take it on them because you need 5 seconds of fame!!!! Happy mother that breast feed with a supporting husband!!!!!

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    1. I'm not sure what rumor you're talking about. Is it the rumor that Lakeland Square Mall illegally harassed breastfeeding moms? If so, that's not a rumor.

      You can try to say that the entrance/exit was blocked, but I think the first photograph provides a very nice piece of evidence that mall security's excuse about the stroller blocking the entrance is just that--an excuse for their illegal actions.

      What happened in TX was an issue with the Hollister corporation, and therefore led to a nationwide protest of the Hollister corporation. No one went to the Lakeland Square Mall seeking to turn a TX issue into a Lakeland issue. They tried to deal with a Hollister issue. Lakeland Square Mall created another issue, all on their own.

      Of course, you're right that I don't know what was said to the Gordon's employee. And I think every reader of this blog understands that. Readers can figure out the difference between the parts that are purely factual and parts that are satirical, such as "Briefing Gordon's on the dangers," and the very next picture, "You can just tell these people are up to no good."

      Because you claim to know that mall security has breastfed and supports breastfeeding, I'm going to assume that you're either one of the security guards, or a family member/friend of the security. It's good to know that the mall security guards support breastfeeding. But, such assurance doesn't really mean much if one's actions show otherwise. After all, consider that China emphatically states its support for religious freedom and even goes as far as saying, "'religious persecution' does not exist in China." Sure, the mall security guards aren't exactly China, but the point is this: talk is cheap.

      http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/zt/zjxy/t36496.htm

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