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Right to Breastfeed Act up for Vote Again in Wisconsin

Just got this from Happy Bambino (a GREAT baby;/toddler store, by the way). Posting on behalf of my wife, my daughter and friends and their babies.

Right to Breastfeed Act up for Vote Again

The State of Wisconsin is again considering a bill that will protect mothers and babies who are breastfeeding in public. The bill will be voted on tomorrow, Tuesday February 24th by the full Senate.

Show up to the hearing

Tomorrow's vote on SB16 is not open for comments, but a strong show of support (particularly of nursing moms and babes) at the capital would illustrate the importance of getting such a law in place. This bill (and others) will be discussed and voted starting at
3:30 p.m.

Tell your Senator "No!" to the "Modesty Clause"

Yay for breastfeeding, right? Seems like a no-brainer - forty-one other states have similar laws on the books. But a couple of days ago the Wisconsin Family Action, Inc (WFA) released a memo to senators, encouraging them to strike down the bill, or at the very least, add a "modesty clause". Here is the full legislative memorandum. The modesty clause would require women nursing in public to "use a blanket or towel" to preserve modesty. Clearly, this is worse for nursing moms and babies than not passing the bill at all.

Call your Senator's office to say, "I support Senate Bill 16 (The Right to Breastfeed Act), AS IS - WITHOUT any amendments."


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Why is this legislation needed?

Well, comments like these, following a news story on the topic, are a start.

I just love the one chap who says breastfeeding is gross in restaurants. Yes, he has a right to eat, but a baby doesn't.

But if a mother takes her baby into a BATHROOM to feed, and has to sit on a toilet while doing it, that's probably OK with him, right? Gosh, I hope he enjoys his hash browns.

Good lord, this is one of the most natural things in the world. But heaven forbid, because you know, it's just GOT to be sexual somehow. Breasts and everything. Right? We don't need that in 'Merica...

Wow, did those comments set me off...
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