Melissa Taylor of Tampa Florida organized a nurse-in at a school board meeting last night, after getting called into the principal’s office a few weeks ago. Her infraction? Breastfeeding. (Of course!)
On one side of the meeting room were women nursing their babies. Across the room were moms in blue T-shirts feeling oppression on behalf of the children, who bore witness to Taylor and her daughter’s uncovered nursing, thereby prompting the kids to ask questions. (Questions? At a school!)
According to Taylor, while she waited in the lobby of her daughter Lily’s elementary school, her 2-year-old Addison wanted to nurse. So they did.
The principal called her in and, depending on whose story you’re going with, either offered her a nice, private place to nurse or scolded Taylor and called her actions “inappropriate” for a school lobby.
Teachers who showed up at the board meeting said the nursing was disruptive. And that some kids tried to act out what they had seen. Breastfeeders argued they’ve got their rights (and they do, as Taylor says she pointed out to the principal and then repeated to the Board). The opposition said, sure, just not in front of their children.
The Board made the wise political move in opting to satisfy no one. They told the breast-feeders and the modesty police to go work it out amongst themselves.