A fellow blogger, This Daddys Blog blogged about this story as well. He is a breastfeeder supporter, as his wife breastfed and still breastfeeds their youngest child. I for one LOVED reading his feelings on this, well because he is a guy! He did however take it one step further. He actually SPOKE with Mr Parker (The City Manager) on the phone!!!!! (This daddy is earning some major brownie points for sure!!!) As happy as I am with that bit of info... that is about where the happiness stops. Mr. Parker actually LAUGHED at him! (no not kidding.) Here is what was said (courtesy of This Daddys Blog.)
I called the Mayors office in Forest Park, Ga. I got City Manager John Parker on the phone. Yes, I did. I told him I was outraged that this is being done and how could they and then he just started....Laughing at me. I promise he laughed at me. Wondered why I was making a big deal about this and that it was the media making this a story when there are other things in the law. No woman can breastfeed any child over the age of 2 in public. My son is almost 2 and still breastfeeds. So if we wanted to go to Forest Park, Ga. T wouldn't let him eat that way if he wanted. John Parkers words to me this morning were "We don't want children that can walk around to be breastfeeding in public." WOW. What a crazy thing to say.
I asked him what would I need to do to turn this thing around. He told me to do whatever I wanted to do, I was going to anyways. In order to overturn the vote before the 30 days is up, letters need to be written to him so he can present them to the City Council. He just seemed to not care. I even asked him about what his wife thought and if she still breastfed would he see it differently and he told me "Its her decision and it doesn't matter to me." I asked him if he would rather every woman just give the kids formula and he laughed and said "Whatever they decide". Bet your wife is so proud of you today John Parker. Bet you wouldn't say this stuff to her that you are saying to me!
I also asked him about other problems like schools and drugs and crime and he just kept laughing at me wondering why people make such a big deal about this and they can go feed their babies or kids somewhere just not in public. My response to him was, why don't you make the other people go eat elsewhere.
Okay, take a moment and breath. Realize what you just read was not in your mind and no you did not misread ANY of that! So how about that? "We don't want children who can walk around be breastfeeding in public?!!!!!" I am sorry.... HUH?! Wow.... my poor Kit Kat was 9 months and walking around. Shoot I should have stopped then! Poo on you Mr. Parker, City Manager. You are a crappy Manager. Who are you to tell your citizens WHEN and WHERE and HOW they can feed their babies? Wow I feel for the people in your city.
So what can you do? Other than email Mr. Parker or whom ever you can find? You can call them as well... but please make sure to sign this Forest Park Restriction on Breastfeeding Petition,. This type of ignorant, misleading, prejudice, discriminating government needs to be stopped. When I signed it this morning there was only 50 or so people who signed it... as of right now there is 214!
There is also a Forest Park Georgia Nurse-In, created by Jessica Lister, planned for Monday, May 23 at 10 am. OHHHH this should be interesting!
Spread the word!