Moms breastfeed en masse downtown
Dozens of mothers participated in a breastfeed-in at Place Montréal Trust Friday morning following an incident last week when a breastfeeding mother was asked by a security guard to move to a more "appropriate" place.
The mall claims it was a misunderstanding and that the security guard wanted to let the mother know there was a more private place she could use.
But still, they’ve decided to be the first mall to join The Milk Way initiative.
“Surveys say women, particularly between 20 and 30 years old, still feel uncomfortable seeing a woman breastfeed in public," Geneviève Coulombe, Project Manager with The Milk Way, told CJAD.
“I’m here to support this woman and also to make it known that breastfeeding is a right that won’t be trampled on,” Geneviève Lajeunesse, a breastfeeding mother who participated in the event, told CJAD.
“If we wish to breastfeed in public, we will do so and if anyone has a problem with that, then they have a problem with the charter in Quebec and Canada.”
The Milk Way is part of Nourri-Source Montréal which is an organization that encourages breastfeeding in public by creating comfortable places where mothers can do so across Montreal.
Businesses that are part of The Milk Way Initiative have small signage in their store front.