Thursday, April 26, 2007

A Late April Fools Joke, Or Just an Abundance of Fools?

Two breastfeeding-booting stories in one week? The epidemic of stupidity seems to have no end.

This time, the culprit was a manager at an iParty in South Weymouth, Massachusetts. While shopping for supplies for her daughter’s 4th birthday party, the mom of a squalling newborn decided to discreetly breastfeed her baby while sitting on the floor instead of letting the 2-month-old go crazy, according to the Boston Herald. Again, someone was offended by a mother’s nursing. This time the store manager scolded the mom because he was uncomfortable.

Again, another breastfeeding mother was made to feel as though she’d been streaking through the store aisles naked with a lampshade on her head. The mom told the Herald that the manager “stood over me and said, ‘You can’t do that here.’ . . . I’ve never felt that badly before.”

The paper reported that the suits from iParty promised to teach their employees to be “tolerant” of breastfeeding. Yes, and the rest of us will try to be tolerant of people who think that the act of breastfeeding is the equivalent of a peep show rather than simply a baby’s meal.

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