On Thursday, May 21, Kathie Lee and Hoda had a segment on their show that included the topic of breastfeeding pictures on social media. They stated that although breastfeeding is beautiful, it was TMI to share pictures on social media. It caused a uproar among breastfeeding pages on facebook. A Nurse-In was organized for May 23 at the Rockefeller Plaza Studio Today Show. I could not miss this opportunity to go and support something so special to me, my teenage daughters and I made signs to show support.
That morning we woke up very early to make sure to get there at 6:30am. It was cold and the trains were messed up, but that did not stop us. We arrived about 6:45 with our signs in hand and ready to show our support. To my surprise, my signs were confiscated at the entrance. The 2 security guards explained they can not be aired on t.v; but did not explain exactly what was wrong with the signs. They assured me I can retrieve my signs when I left. I was very disappointing that the word boob and breast could be offensive when I hear insulting words on day time T.V all the time.
When we got past security, I met with Jill DeLorenzo (a breasfeeding advocate), Anastasia West, and Alexia Garcia (founder of NYC’s Breastfeeding World Project). Jill Delorenzo was live streaming to keep all our online supporters up to date on what was going on. She had stated that they had seen her sign on tv earlier but thought that the cameras might be avoiding us cause of her sign that read “#brelfie”. It was very upsetting that we were silenced.
Although today was not a complete success, we will continue to bring light to a cause that is so important. We made connections and will continue to support together. This is not only for us, but for our daughters and their children too. I am honored to be apart of such a amazing community and look forward to advocate for such a important movement in womens and babies rights all over.
Check out all the other lovely pictures from this awesome event!
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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Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I am a 31 year old mother of 3: Crystalltynn-14, Carla -13 and Anthony who is 19 months old. I breastfed all my children for various durations but did not have the proper support or knowledge with my older daughters, so I was very determined to achieve my breastfeeding goals with my son. I learned that advocating for breastfeeding rights was not benefitting for me and my peers, but for my daughters and their generation, I hope that one day breastfeeding is more normalized and no woman will second guess the power of their bodies or be ashamed.