It seems like every few weeks or so there is a new story about a woman being harassed or asked to leave an establishment for breastfeeding in public. Though it's admittedly a little bit (OK, a lot a bit) ridiculous that this is even an issue in our society, it is unfortunately a pretty common occurrence. If you're a nursing mom, it can be hard to know what to do if someone harasses you about breastfeeding. Feelings of confusion, anger, or even a desire to hide can arise out of nowhere and cloud your judgement. So it's best to have a game plan for what to do should someone be so rude as to confront you while breastfeeding. Know what to do before it happens will help you be prepared to stand up for yourself and your rights to breastfeed wherever the heck you want to.
Luckily, in my two years of breastfeeding two babies, I've never experienced any of the horror stories or blatant discrimination that I've read about and heard from friends. But I've had my share of rude looks and people clearly getting up to leave when I roll up my shirt to nurse. The good news is that being prepared and educated about our rights as women can help us educate those around us, appropriately handle discrimination and feed our babies with confidence.