I first read about the completion of this “Mobile Breastfeeding Device” in an article on women’s enews last week, saying it has been on display for now, but its owner, Jill Miller, is attempting to apply for non-profit status to allow for full-time usage. I’ve heard so many different responses and opinions on this, mostly from nursing mothers who ridicule the artwork, saying it does exactly the opposite of what they challenge; making a spectacle out of breastfeeding in public.
I expressed my thoughts on this before, and though I believe Ms. Miller is a well-intentioned breastfeeding advocate, just can’t see how this can progress the cause. I still believe it too easily allows for women and other supporters to acquiesce to challenging the stigma of public nursing, is divisive, and does not allow access for everyone who would be caught in a situation where they could use this. Oh, and there’s only one of them — so if there’s two hungry babies across town, watch out!
But regardless of what anyone says, there was obviously enough support, since it took over $10,000 in cold, hard cash to get it up and running — a project funded via donations through the Kickstarter program, and who knows how many others threw in a couple of bucks, for the over $15,000 of total money raised.
But, if you’re in the Pittsburgh area and happen to see this contraption rolling around with a large PINK breast atop, btw, get a glimpse of its fancy chairs and shag carpet, the next thing that may come to your mind is the saying “All that glitters ain’t gold!” Or maybe you’ll scratch your head and wonder why they don’t just enforce their rights on the law that supports public breastfeeding in Pennsylvania. But that’s just my take.
Just in case you need a reminder. .