Local breastfeeding advocates promote practice

To local breastfeeding advocate Pat Fry, breastfeeding is the "way nature intended all these things to happen."
Aaron Krause
Aug 9, 2011

To local breastfeeding advocate Pat Fry, breastfeeding is the "way nature intended all these things to happen."

It's also healthier than other methods of feeding babies, said Fry, local leader of the La Leche League of Erie County.

This form of feeding was celebrated across the United States Saturday during the Big Latch On -- America's first synchronized nursing event in multiple locations. Norwalk's event took place at Suhr Park on West Main Street.

(NOTE - To see photos of the event, click HERE.)

About 15 people attended the event, including local mother Kelly Frey, who lived in Europe for almost three years. "Breastfeeding in Europe is a lot more 'mommy friendly,'" Frey said.

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Comments

clueless.....oramI

that was about 5 minutes of my life I will never get back. I am not so sure this was news worthy. I am sure there was something else that could have been journalized.

arnmcrmn

NR looking for another hot topic but it was a HUGE FAIL.....

Kelly

This is one of the dumbest things I've ever seen. Nobody wants to see you whip out your boobs. I nursed my kids and nobody ever saw what they weren't supposed to see. If you can't do it discreetly, then you're showing yourself on purpose because it can easily be done.

NursingMom3

Did you see anything in the pictures NO! Because we were nursing in a way that no one saw anything without being covered. This was an awesome event it was not so we could whip out ours boobs but to spread awareness, and break a world record. You are acting like we did this to whip out our boobs and get people to look at us. It was strictly to raise awareness and break a world record.

Uputwhatwhere5

People are acting like it's Mardi Gras or something. How pathetic these simpletons are. Even when it's done discreetly they still complain. People really need to get a life.

greeneyes

This is crazy. Do it without people seeing. I don't want to see this when I'm out or eating. There is a place for that cover up!!!!!!

NursingMom3

I don't want to see you feeding your face with oil dripping down your chin, you eat with a blanket over your head. I WILL NOT COVER my baby to eat. When it is done properly you don't see anything but the back of a babies head. I see no reason me or my child should have suffer through sweating to death because you are not comfortable with a woman doing what her body is meant to do. I won't pump before I go out either because guess what I don't have the extra 300 to 500 dollars for a pump that won't rip my nipples to shreds. Also, my child WILL NOT take a bottle. I will nurse in public until my child weans. When she is hungry I will feed no matter what people think. Breast were made to breastfed not for sexual purposes.

Uputwhatwhere5

Why not? So the baby is not allowed to eat? Is there something wrong with that? Pull your heads out of your butts people. I can't even believe how dumb most of you are.

greeneyes

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yogi bear

Practice makes perfect!!

Bailey

La Leche League of Erie County helped my wife out back in the 70's/ 80's. We went to a meeting held on Washington street and learned a great deal.

Strange how I've never seen Kelly or greneyes mention anything about the gays coming out of the closet! You two are very strange and weired at best, what exactly is it about your breasts that you think they are so disgusting? Maybe you should get mastectomies if boobs offend you so.

bobaluey

Hey, why not just have sex in public to make the kid with everyone watching, after all it's what nature intended, right? Funny our grandmothers and mothers never had to put on a public display. Exhibitionists are all that you are. . I'm a woman and I don't wish to to see a 300 pound female whip her udders out.

IAAsMom

You my dear are showing how uneducated you are. Comparing Sex to Breastfeeding is like comparing apples to steak. They are to totally different thins. My Mother didn't breastfed but my MIL did and she nursed in public in the early 80's not covered. My grandma nursed in the 50's when women weren't really nursing anymore and she did it in public. To call a breastfeeding women who are just trying to spread awareness and help break a world record exhibitionists for feeding there child is really stupid. You are just proving the point that MORE EVENTS like this need to take place to educate the people of Norwalk. Second of all, not every nursing mother is 300 nor is every nursing mother 80lbs. Women of all shapes and sizes breastfed. It is one thing we as nursing mothers don't have to worry about is what our weight is. Breastfeeding has nothing to do about weight. I really just am surprised at some of the comments being made and how uneducated people are. So when I nurse my baby at the Cedar Point this weekend or the fair next week UNCOVERED because she is HUNGRY NOT BECAUSE I AM EXHIBITIONISTS AS YOU SAY I AM you can just look away because I WILL NOT COVER UP. Plus, when breastfeeding is done correctly all you see is the back of a babies head. Because most women who are a little heavier have something to cover there tummy's.
If you don't like it don't look, don't stare, just leave the woman who is FEEDING HER CHILD THE WAY GOD INTENDED HER TOO ALONE.

friend

You, my dear, are showing how uneducated YOU are. Learn how to form a coherent sentence, spell, and the proper use of to/too. Thanks!

Also, what happened to having some sort of tact? Do you literally stop where you are at the moment your child indicates they are hungry? Why can't someone find a spot away from people and cover themselves? What is wrong with covering your baby and yourself? It doesn't reduce the amount of milk they are getting, correct?

A little tact goes a long way.

IAAsMom

Yes, I do stop whatever I am doing as soon as my child shows a sign she is hungry. Even if I did find myself a place away from people as you put it and covered up I would still get looks and asked to leave if anyone saw me nursing. You still have to be uneducated to agree that sex and breastfeeding are in the same class of actions, one is sexual and one is to feed a child.The statement comparing sex and breastfeeding is what I was saying the poster was uneducated on. Not that she was stupid as you are saying to me. I am not uneducated nor am I stupid, But, as I reread my post this morning I knew someone would have something to say. I even laughed reading with all the mistakes I made. I couldn't believe I had written that. The poster I called uneducated is uneducated when it comes to breastfeeding.

bobaluey

There's a little thing called modesty. Use it. Go somewhere private.

IAAsMom

I have even been asked to leave while in a bathroom nursing COVER UP!!! Just because you are somewhere private doesn't mean people won't complain. The problem isn't the mother nursing it is with people like you who seem to think that nursing is wrong. O and just so you know I am a very modest person, I wear tanks under all of my shirts so when I am nursing you don't see anything but the back of my child's head. I WILL NOT get up and leave to fed my child when she is hungry. I will keep feeding my child whenever and wherever she is hungry. Again, as I said if you don't like look away. I will be BREASTFEEDING my child at Cedar Point this weekend, and the fair next weekend UNCOVERED if that is what my little one wants. If she wants her lovey then we will be have a lovey covering some of us.

bobaluey

No, I don't think nursing is wrong. I just think it's a private act that should NOT be made into a public spectacle which is exactly what some of you are doing. Especially when some of those "babies " are over two years of age. Then it's a fetish. Come on, are you going to nurse the kid, in junior high as well?

IAAsMom

Actually the oldest child nursing at the event was 14months! We had to get ages for the kids, so NONE of the kids were over 2 like you say. Even if the child was 2 there is nothing wrong with nursing a 2yr old. My Child is 1 and her doctor TOLD ME TO NURSE her till she was at least 2 since she is lactose intolerant,and that my milk is the best thing for her,he also told me that soy,lactose free milk, almond, or coconut couldn't give her what my milk could, so to offer one of those but to make sure she still gets mainly breast milk.

You say you don't think nursing is wrong but you have some issues with nursing other wise you would not be saying some of the things you have said i.e. calling nursing mother exhibitionist. With that being said, it is time to educated you on breastfeeding and the NATURAL age for a child to wean. Most children wean anywhere from 10month to 7years by themselves(I personally would not nurse to 7), the ave. age of NATURAL weaning is 4.5years.(http://www.llli.org/ba/aug94.html). There are a ton of benefits to nursing pass the age of 1, here are some of them 29% of energy requirements,43% of protein requirements, 36% of calcium requirements,75% of vitamin A requirements,76% of folate requirements,94% of vitamin B12 requirements,60% of vitamin C requirements,all of this is just what 448mL of breast milk provides. You can find even more information on nursing pass a year and the benefits of it here http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfext.... It is not a fetish to nurse your child pass a year or even 2, this is where again you are showing you have some issue with breastfeeding. No, I would NOT nurse my child in jr high but I will let her nurse till she self weans and if she is anything like her sister that will be between 18 and 23months the ages at which her older sisters weaned.

bobaluey

What about the woman who breast fed a 5 year old at the Sandusky Mall a few years ago. She made sure she made the papers with that one. I only have issues with public feeding. Most of these women do not cover up. Stop acting like I'm targeting you specifically. Whip the tit out get all the attention you want is the name of the game, right?

IAAsMom

I DO NOT breastfed to get attention, I do it to feed my child! You say that most women don't cover up but if a child is being breastfed correctly you see nothing but the back of the babies head. Whenever I breastfeed all you see is the back of my baby's head. Did you look at any of the pictures from the event? There is not one piece of exposed boob anywhere all you see is the back of babies' head. I personally would not nurse to 5. I have had people ask me leave lots of place even when I have been cover, in a bathroom, and locker room, have you even seen me to run to a paper NO! So, whipping it out for attention or to get in the papers is not what most women want, we just want to be able to feed our children without feeling like we are public enemy number 1. I know as a breastfeeding mother that I will always have someone who is against breastfeeding all together, against public breastfeeding, and those that are 100% for breastfeeding and actually walk up and tell a mother what an awesome thing she is doing for her child. Breastfeeding is just one of those things that people will never see eye to eye on.

Lillie Chaos

I do not feel your are being truthful in your postings regarding people being against breastfeeding.
I am confident that is a totally untrue statement.

IAAsMom

You don't have to believe me I know what happened but just so you know I have the IR's from all 3 location I mentioned. My husband also has his IR from one of the locations because he asked the woman why she was such a B and that what was wrong with his child eating in the bathroom, that his wife was trying to breastfeed in a private matter!!!! Here is the thing Lillie, weather we are covered or not we get looks of disgust and disapproval. I will keep breastfeeding and dealing with small minded people who think that breastfeeding is wrong or disgusting I know this as a breastfeeding mother and I am fine with that. I know that people think that breastfeeding is something that should be done at home only but guess what you can't stay home the whole time your child breastfeeds, and like I said before I will continue to breastfeed UNCOVERED if that is what my child wants!

Lillie Chaos

Don't believe you for a minute. People in Huron County are not like that. People are kind hearted and respectful to each other. You need to earn respect not demand it....very old saying very true and practiced by everyone I know. Got any other made up complants about my community???
Lots of different personalities but one FACT remains. Good people! So, get a grip.....we are onto your fantasy.

IAAsMom

You need to get a grip if you think EVERYONE IN HURON COUNTY is respectful. Also, I never said that the person that complained in the mall was from huron county. She was from out of town it is in my IR. Also, there are a ton of rude people in Huron county just last night I have a woman YELL at my Autistic child in wal-mart, so NO NOT EVERYONE IN HURON COUNTY IS RESPECTFUL! YOU ARE NOT RESPECTFUL, were you in wal-mart, the rec locker room, or Macy's with me? NO, also have you read what some of the so called respectful people of huron county have written on the other breastfeeding stories, that is proof to a lot of people of what huron county is made of and that is NOT all respectful people.

Lillie Chaos

You are creating the situation with your manipulations and false tales. I absolutely, one hundred per cent, feel that on a one to one basis if I or anyone would encounter any of the posters here in person they would be courteous and respectful as long as YOU deserved that respect. I really think it pretty much the same here in the comment area. We have lots of regular posters who like to provide their humor or wit or sarcastic input. That is their right....and most of us just RESPECT the individuals' right to free speech. Remember the old fairy tale of the child who cried Wolf......I think the moral of that story prevails here.

Lillie Chaos

I do not believe the person writing this post is being truthful. Not one statement in this post is believeable. I sincerely doubt if anyone in any location would complain about breastfeeding an infant in a respectful discreet manner.

IAAsMom

Again you do NOT have to believe me I don't really care if you do or don't, I know what happened to me and breastfeeding mother all over the US. Breastfeeding will ALWAYS be a hot topic and as a breastfeeding mother I know this, but I will continue to nurse my child whenever and wherever I am. If someone doesn't like and complains then that is there issue because I will NOT leave.

Lillie Chaos

Again, I repeat -- I do not believe YOU. I know my experiences MANY years ago with my children when it was no big deal. I was never once made to feel uncomfortable in anyway by anyone. I needed my privacy for my own peace of mind. I think if anything people are much more liberal today than back then. Stop whining about a situation that really does not exist. Talk about your pretend issues and whine and cry -- I am afraid this is just more attention needed by people with nothing to do with their time.

IAAsMom

You must not have anything better to do with your time either since you are spending it on here trying to make it seem like you know what has happened to me. Well guess what you don't freaking know me or what has happened to me. I am not whining or crying about them I am simply stating what has happened to me while nursing. My skin has gotten thicker from what I have gone through in my life not just breastfeeding but other things as well. I am not the kind of person that whine about something, I take it and get right back up, and keep living my life, I am a fighter and I will defend myself and fight for what I feel is right. My situations did happen and as I said before i don't give a a flying crap if you believe me, i know what happened has do the people who were there and the person who complained. You are just another small minded person in the world who think that things that happened to me couldn't really happen. I bet you are also on of those people who don't believe a girl could get beat up by her boyfriend in your huron county well that happens to. The world isn't some fairy tale it is real life and in real life people are jerks, not all people but there are more jerks in the world than nice people. I have dealt with a lot in my life breastfeeding is not the biggest issue in my life, things that HAVE happened to me in the pass are that in the pass. I don't hold any hard feelings against the people who have complained about me nursing but I actually feel sorry for them, that they are that petty that they have to complain about a woman nursing. I do however felt the need to tell about what happened to me because of what is going on in our town now. I will continue to stick up for everything I believe is right, from breastfeeding to domestic violence to bulling to dating/teen violence. I will continue to speak and tell what has happened to me not just with breastfeeding with all the other things I have gone through in my life. I am done wasting my time with you and the WONDERFUL FAIRY TALE LIFE you live which I think is a crock and I don't believe any person can be so stupid to think that everyone is respectful and kind. Life IS NOT a fairy tale,life sucks most of the time and people are rude and mean that is REAL LIFE.

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