Two weeks ago, Brittany Warfield was discriminated against, vilified, and berated by a store manager at the Hollister clothing store in the Houston Galleria. Shaken and demoralized, Brittany posted about the incident on facebook and called the Best for Babes NIP Hotline to report what happened. Now, the night before the huge, international Nurse-In to encourage Hollister to issue a well-deserved (and still declined) apology to Brittany for their ignorance. . . I’m reflecting on my participation in what has to be one of the most inspirational events I have ever been a part of.
How I Got Involved:
I was simply in the right place at the right time to offer my help in organizing a nurse-in at the Galleria Hollister. Visiting my mom and dad with the Silly Bears in Houston for the holidays, I became engaged in discussion with Michelle Hickman (another mom victimized by a retail store, last year) who now works with Best for Babes to help women safely and securely fulfill their right to nurse their children in public and private. She inspired me to share Brittany’s story with my friends and former co-workers at WIC in Brazoria County TX (South of Houston) . . . and then two days later, I was attending a organizational meeting for the nurse-in and volunteering my time and talent to spreading the word about Brittany’s story and the subsequent planned nurse-in.
I’ve been so blessed to be a part of the organization of this nurse in. It is AMAZING to see every day mothers standing up for the rights of women and children and rallying around and alongside one another to empower women to embrace their mothering journeys and be secure in their decisions and their rights. I’ve been helping to rally interested mothers, call media outlets, and I’m so excited to participate in the nurse-in to encourage Hollister to issue an apology to Brittany and her family for the unlawful discrimination and harassment that she suffered.
After being contacted by a local television station for an interview tonight 1 . . . I realized that this nurse-in that started as a local, Houston area rally to support a breastfeeding mom . . . has grown into a huge outpouring of support and cry for justice in the quest to empower mothers, normalize nursing, and encourage education and respectful discourse regarding breastfeeding.
“We will definitely be there at the Galleria tomorrow to talk with you and cover the event” said my contact with the television station. “This story has snowballed big time. It’s international now. . . there is lots of interest.”
Wow. I thought. This is pretty amazing.
Our Hopes for the Nurse-In Tomorrow:
We are very excited to be present at the Galleria tomorrow to EDUCATE to the normalcy of nursing and to ENCOURAGE Hollister and Preston to see the error of their ways and present an apology to Brittany and her family.
We would love to INSPIRE the company to institute training on Breastfeeding law and the normalcy of nursing, and we are hoping to EMPOWER women to own their mothering experience and stand up for the rights of a mother and her child.
It’s exciting to be able to be a part of INCITING cultural and social change regarding Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding law, and to look forward to a future when there will be a “Law with teeth” to enforce the Breastfeeding laws that entitle a woman to nurse in public.
Nothing in our goals for tomorrow has anything to do what so ever with desiring the manager to lose his job or be punished in any way. We sincerely hope that this rumor is just that- a rumor. And we encourage everyone to redirect their energy to getting pumped up for a calm, inspiring, and empowering demonstration tomorrow at the nurse-in!!!!!
If you are looking to research breastfeeding laws in your state, please visit the National Conference on State Legislatures site
. . . and if you EVER, like Brittany and the hundreds and thousands of mothers like her, become the victim of breastfeeding discrimination or harassment for nursing, please call the Best for babes NIP Hotline at 1-855-NIP-FREE
All the best to you and yours!
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- and then usurped by a “breaking news story”. . . I hope no one was hurt, but I heard a helicopter a minute after I received that call. . . ↩