Airport Nurse-Ins Take Place Across Country

November 22, 2006

More moms staged nurse-ins at airports yesterday to protest the treatment of a Santa Fe woman who was kicked off a Freedom Airlines flight earlier this month for refusing a flight attendant’s request to cover up while breastfeeding her daughter. From AP writer John Curran:

“It’s about raising consciousness about our culture’s sexualization of the breast. Breast-feeding needs to be supported wherever and whenever it happens. Babies don’t know the meaning of ‘wait,'” said Chelsea Clark, 31, wearing a “Got breast milk?” T-shirt as she nursed her 9-week-old son at the Burlington airport.

About 25 women turned out for the “nurse-in” at the airport, parking themselves near a ticket counter in a peaceful — but not-so-quiet — demonstration. Similar protests were held at airports in Boston; Columbus, Ohio; Nashville, Tenn.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Hartford, Conn.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Louisville, Ky.

Some of the women carried signs that read, “Don’t be lactose intolerant” and “Breasts — Not just for selling cars anymore.”

That last sign is definitely my fave!