Just a few days ago as I was checking out my Facebook feed I came across an event that was being promoted in all of the mommy communities online, It was a major call to all NYC breastfeeding moms and supporters for a Nurse in at the Today Show in Rockefeller Plaza, midtown Manhattan. The first question that popped in my head was… why?
It turns out that on Thursday May 21, Kathie Lee and Hoda – during their segment “Ok, not OK” in the Today Show – they discussed ‘breastfeeding photos and social media’ coming to the conclusion that sharing your breastfeeding pictures was just TMI (“Too Much Info” – for those who don’t know what it means…).
Being a breastfeeding mom myself as well as the photographer behind our NYC’s Breastfeeding World Project I have to disagree. Nursing your baby is a natural and beautiful act which should not condemned by society. Comments like the ones manifested in the “Ok, not OK” segment cause many women to feel ashamed of themselves and their right to breastfeed.
Fast forward to today… It was 7 am when I got to Rockefeller Plaza for the taping of the Today Show. I got to meet the lovely Jill DeLorenzo (organizer of this event) and her baby Gregory who were actually visiting the city; Anastasia West and her precious Natalia as well as Lisa and her little ones where also there. To our surprise Lisa’s Pro Breastfeeding Signs where confiscated as soon as she tried entering the Today Show taping area (Check out her post telling you all about her experience). We could say that the cameras were not a real fan of us since they barely came near the place where we were but our own Jill managed to get her #BRELFIE sign to show for a bit. (You go girl!)
Although not many nursing moms where able to accompany us in person we had hundreds with us in spirit from all over the country, it was truly a blessing to have such a support and know that we are all together in this labor of love, we are all together in normalizing breastfeeding.
Update: Jill DeLorenzo has begun a “Change Petition” asking NBC to stop shaming and censoring Breastfeeding Moms, let’s all show our support by signing the petition! we need to reach 500 signatures but together I’m sure we will go beyond that! Sign here
Be sure to join us in our social media accounts to be up to date with the progress of our project!
And… Don’t forget to share your brelfies using our HT #NYCBreastfeedingWorld
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