I have been to plenty of meetings where women in the audience breastfed their babies, but New Jersey councilwoman Larissa Chen-Hoerning took it one step further. Chen-Hoerning breastfed her six-week-old baby during a public meeting. NJ.com explains:
Near the end of the meeting, 3rd Ward Councilwoman Larissa Chen-Hoerning brought her 6-week-old son, Enzo, onto the dais with her and began to breastfeed him while the council debated an ordinance regulating overnight truck parking on borough streets.
Chen-Hoerning said that she doesn’t think the act of nursing her baby, discreetly shielded from view by the desk in front of her, should be stigmatized as dirty or shameful.
“I want to help women say ‘Someone else is out there breastfeeding, and maybe it’s OK to do,’” Chen-Hoerning said last week.
This really shouldn’t be news, but in today’s climate where breastfeeding is still viewed as something that should be done covertly, I applaud the councilwoman for taking care of her baby while fulfilling her civic duty. La Leche League International spokeswoman Loretta McCallister told NJ.com that she had “never heard of an elected official like Chen-Hoerning breastfeeding her baby while conducting official business at a public meeting”. Chen-Hoerning also wears her baby at council meetings.