Augh. It’s happened again.
A woman began to breastfeed in the Science World museum when a volunteer directed her to the nursing room. Because Kristen George was with her 23-month-old and her 8-week-old nursling, she stayed put, keeping an eye on one child while soothing the infant.
I’ve always felt a little self-conscious, so I usually pump and bring a bottle, but I had forgotten it this time.
George was in the section of the museum specifically for infants and kids, and says she was wearing a baggy shirt that covered her. She says she was approached by a young man who asked her to move. Then when she responded that she wasn’t “doing anything wrong,” he said what she was doing was,
His words were loud enough to catch the attention of other parents, now making something otherwise mostly overlooked into a spectacle. Fabulous.
He reprimanded and embarrassed her so much that she left with her children. George said he was smirking as she struggled to collect her toddler with her now-screaming infant in her arms.
She complained to Science World, which says it has changed its orientation policy for volunteers so that they are well-acquainted with being breastfeeding-friendly.The museum says that the volunteer in question was embarrassed after the fact and cited his age as being the factor in his ridiculing this woman. Yeah, because when something makes a teenager uncomfortable, they often march up and confront it.
We were extremely upset that this incident happened. Clearly it’s against the policy, practice and philosophy of our institution.
Though Science World offered to give her a free extension on her family’s membership, all George wants is an apology. She says the incident has made her become an accidental lactivist.
I’ve always used a hooter-hider to cover up. Now I want to burn it. By covering up am I also spreading the belief that breastfeeding is dirty?
Image and Story: Vancouver Sun