Awesome & Win

The nurse-in last Friday was made of awesome and win.  Thank you all.

I was so proud of the turnout — a photographer from the local newspaper pegged us at over 20+ mamas strong, not including daddies and babies and other supporters.  KUAC-FM mentioned us during the 12 pm newshour before the event.  CBS News 13 interviewed me before the nurse-in, and we were featured in the 6 pm and 11 pm news that night.  Two photos from the event were featured on the front page of the Fairbanks Newsminer the next day.

The energy from the participants was amazing, and the sentiments from passersby seemed largely positive despite a couple of unfortunate encounters.  The media was initially kicked out of the store, but were later invited back in.  John and I guessed that they didn’t want any more bad publicity.

We were there for about an hour inside the store, nursing, visiting with other parents, reveling in the positivity, enjoying the moment.  We had sort of descended on Starbucks en masse, and they were so patient even though I’m sure they were a bit overwhelmed.  The clerk nearest to us was very pleasant and polite.  Management stood by, looking rather nervous or insecure, possibly both.

I’m still so excited that it all went so well.  Overall it was such a wonderful experience.

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I’m so proud of the nurse-in, and of all of you out there who came out to support us, or sent your support from wherever you are.

I had mentioned to a few people how I’ve been wanting to expand my social circle, to meet like-minded people to hang out with and have playdates with, and one fabulous mama put it in an  awesome, empowering way:  I manifested a community around me, I manifested friends.  I guess I truly do have powerful magic.  I know I’m blessed to have had the support that I did, that I do.

What a great time it was.  I’m so hopeful that I’ve helped spread the message that there is nothing indecent about breastfeeding, and even more hopeful that at least one more mama will feel comfortable feeding her baby whenever and wherever he’s hungry.

At the nurse-in. Photo by Georganne Hampton, cropped by me.

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  1. yay, yay, yay!!

    i’m so happy this ended up turning into such a positive experience for you.


    so did the store ever apologize?

  2. I love this! Not just because that beautiful lady in the orange sweater is my best friend! What has happened in the aftermath? Did you guys change any minds?
    May I speak about this on my blog? (and use one of your pictures?)

  3. Great job! I’m proud to know you. You looked beautiful being all activist and standing up for us breastfeeding mothers.


  4. I am so proud that you were the first person I ever met in Alaska. I miss you more than you know. Good job, Mama.

  5. I am so thrilled you had a great turnout. I read parts of your post out to my daughters–we all loved all the photos. Rock on Mama!

  6. Oh my god, you are my hero, seriously. I am so proud of you and the men and women who came out to support this :) Way to go!

  7. I heard about this through the grapevine and did a Google search to read the details and discovered your blog. I am so proud of you! It’s so nice to know there are other mommas out there looking out for each other. Every baby should be free to eat wherever they want!

  8. Good for you! I nursed both my babies, the second till she weaned herself at 2 1/2. My mother was appalled and kept making snarky comments about it. I wish I could’ve showed her your blog!

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