Where to Breastfeed Your Baby in Huntsville
You never forget the first time you nurse a baby in public. Some moms are naturals without a care in the world, while others worry over the right discreet nursing top or cover up. One thing’s for sure – busy moms stay on the go, and it’s good to know all the places you can breastfeed your baby in Huntsville. Life doesn’t stop when your little one hits a growth spurt and insists on cluster-feeding, or when older sibling schedules conflict with nursing time.
Luckily, thanks to Alabama state law, all nursing moms are allowed to feed their babies ANYWHERE in Huntsville – public or private. Specifically:
Ala. Code § 22-1-13 allows a mother to breastfeed her child in any public or private location. (2006 Ala. Acts, Act 526; HB 351)
In fact, all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location.
Do’s On Where to Breastfeed Your Baby in Huntsville
Or Madison. Or Athens, Decatur, Florence, Scottsboro, Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, and everywhere in-between.
DO feel free to nurse your baby anywhere in the state of Alabama… and entire USA.
DO educate yourself, your friends, and your family about breastfeeding rights.
DO bookmark this article on your phone in case anyone needs proof of the law.
Don’ts On Where to Breastfeed Your Baby in Huntsville
DON’T feel bad about nursing your hungry baby in public.
DON’T hesitate to ask if you prefer a private place to breastfeed.
DON’T think you have to use a cover-up when feeding, although some moms choose to.
DON’T accept the outdated opinion that breastfeeding a baby in public is indecent exposure.
DON’T be afraid to inform others about the law if they are unaware.
Food for Thought: Public Breastfeeding
Many nursing moms find themselves in a unique position these days, bridging the generational gap when it comes to all things breastfeeding. The state law protecting nursing moms & babies is relatively new, and many public places and private businesses still have a lot to learn about implementing it into staff training, policies, and procedures. Most moms with babies already know about the law, but other people and public places still do not. Like it or not, moms that breastfeed are often on the front lines when it comes to educating the public about where they can and cannot feed their babies. The short answer? Anywhere in the United States of America!
“WHY DON’T THEY JUST COVER UP?” Did you know some women are unable to effectively use nursing tops or cover ups? There’s a variety of reasons why: the shape of their breast/nipple, their baby’s latch, respiratory issues, the list goes on. Some babies simply won’t tolerate a cover up or blanket. More reasons why.
Unfortunately, 19% of Americans say they feel uncomfortable when they see mothers breastfeeding in public. Even though a mom’s right to do so is legally protected, so are the opinions of those that still consider public breastfeeding inappropriate. The great news is attitudes have changed dramatically over the years. More research supporting the benefits of breastfeeding are known, and more women can exercise their right and responsibility to feed their babies at any time or place of their choosing. After all, that’s what boobs are for!
So please… share this information and this video – keep breastfeeding advocacy going! While nursing moms are usually the ones fielding questions in public places, we can all show our support by educating our community about the law. No matter if you celebrate or simply tolerate public breastfeeding, we can all acknowledge it’s a mama’s legal right to do it.
Special Video Thanks To…
Parkway Place Mall
Alabama Pediatric Dental Associates
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Mason Dixon Bakery
Rocket City Retro Arcade
City of Huntsville Parks & Recreation
Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children
The Sommer Family
The Hodges Family
The Talley Family
The Dalton Family
The Couch Family
The Collins Family
The Barre’ Family
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I have twin boys, and with the exception of one place, I had great experiences nursing them while out and about in Huntsville. I especially felt comfortable while strolling around Parkway Place Mall. When I needed to nurse, I used the larger dressing rooms, and the staff were extremely friendly. The one place that I had issue with was Target. My boys had gotten hungry, and I found myself at Target (a favorite place to shop) and when I tried to go to the dressing room, although it was empty, the employee blocked my way and exclaimed “we don’t do that here”. I was so furious, but I had to take care of my babies. I did speak to the manager later, which I had never done before…or since. He said that wasn’t their policy, but I didn’t get the feeling that anything would be done about it. That was 11 years ago, and I have just recently, from time to time, started shopping at Target again.
Thanks for this article! It’s hard enough caring for a baby; moms don’t need an added stress of not knowing what to do when little one is screaming for food! Pop out the boob and nurse that sweet child 😀.