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Friday, November 19, 2004

Simply the Breast

I know I tend to fixate on all things breastfeeding, but I must share what happened to me today. For the first time in my entire breastfeeding career (I'm three months into Round Two), I was asked to relocate while I was feeding my child. I had started in the cafeteria at Julia's school, because Jenna woke up and had to eat right then. Then kindergarten lunch was over and the 2nd graders started filing in so I thought I should pack up and finish elsewhere. I could have gone home to do it, but I had errands to run and didn't want to go home again. So I moved to the office where I sat in a corner with the stroller right in front of me and covered up with a blanket. The principal (a woman) came out and asked me to move to her office. "It doesn't offend me, but it does offend some people," she said. "And some of the kids aren't used to it." Then she added "I was always one of the ones hiding in the bathroom so no one would get upset." Hiding? And in a bathroom?? Who wants to eat in a bathroom -- no matter how old they are?

So I complied and found myself sitting in the principal's office like I had gotten in trouble for breastfeeding. I could have caused a scene but my daughter is just in kindergarten so I will be dealing with these people for a long time. Plus they all know me as "that woman who writes for the newspaper." So when Jenna was done, I left without further incident. Although I was tempted to Xerox the part of my body in question and leave it on the principal's desk.

6 Comments:

  • At Sat Nov 20, 08:18:00 AM, Blogger WinniePhew said…

    Sounds like to me that it is just the principal of the thing...

     
  • At Sun Nov 21, 08:58:00 PM, Blogger Mae said…

    I say send the Xerox ~ retaliate!!!

     
  • At Sun Nov 21, 09:46:00 PM, Blogger SG said…

    Well on the principals behalf...
    A friend of mine was nursing on the bench outside the office by the cafeteria. A big third grade boy in route to the office for other issues stopped to chat and stare directly at my nursing friend. He even went so far as to try to touch her nursing babies face under the blanket. This caused the baby to unlatch and well the blanket slipped causing the little boy to proclaim in a very loud "stop all the traffic in the cafeteria" voice, "Those are some boobies you got there Mrs. ___"

    Let's just say I bet my friend will hide in the stalls if ever nursing at school again.

     
  • At Wed Nov 24, 10:24:00 AM, Blogger GraceSaves said…

    Hey Deana!! thanks for the package, it was great! I'm sorry that Travis ppl are dumb!! That's kinda funny though. :-D OH well!! miss you guys!!

    MICHELLE

     
  • At Thu Dec 02, 10:21:00 AM, Blogger Deana Nall said…

    Hi, Michelle! It's nice to see you in blog land. I hope you are doing great! I'll call and check on you soon.

     
  • At Thu Dec 16, 12:07:00 PM, Blogger Serena Voss said…

    I nursed both of my children with a move in between. The first place I lived was verying "nursing" friendly; the next place -- well, not so great.

    Your adventure in breastfeeding at the school made me laugh! Thanks for the post!

     

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