The Vernon Breastfeeding Club hosted a feed-in Saturday at the Village Green Centre’s food court to bring awareness and education concerning a woman’s right to breastfeed her child in public. The event was attended by about 50 people.
“I think the feed-in went really well,” said Amanda Kopiak, Vernon Breastfeeding Club facilitator. “We had a lot of mothers in attendance with their babies and toddlers, other support people including husbands, friends, grandparents, and other members of our community who wished to stand up for women’s rights.”
The feed-in was initiated following an incident at the mall last week where a woman breastfeeding her child was approached by mall security and was told by a guard there was a better time and place for her to be feeding her child.
Village Green Centre and the mall’s security company apologized for the incident with the guard relieved of mall duties until he receives more sensitivity training and undergoes an evaluation on public relations conduct.
The incident was splashed on social media sites which led to comments both for and against the proposed feed-in.
“Some of the people passing by may think that the action we took was extreme, but I believe that sometimes an extreme approach is what evokes change in the world,” said Kopiak.
“This feed-in was a small step towards raising awareness about the right to breastfeed in public, but the world still has a ways to go to normalize breastfeeding.
“The more breastfeeding is observed, the more accepted it becomes.”