The following really speaks to me because the first time I took my newborn to a restaurant, I was asked to breastfeed her in the bathroom by someone very close to me. As I was sitting in the bathroom, I just cried and cried. I was humiliated. I felt excluded. It made me feel like feeding and nurturing my baby was dirty or somehow wrong. I know now that that is not the case, but as a brand new mom, I was made to feel less-than…
No one wants to eat in a bathroom, and babies shouldn’t have to, either. Yet that’s exactly where some nursing mothers turn when they’re shamed from breastfeeding in public.
Enter the “When Nurture Calls” campaign. Art students at the University of North Texas created a series of ads for a class project that show mothers breastfeeding in unsanitary, cramped bathrooms. The point? To drive home the idea that nursing women, and their babies, deserve better.
The students, Johnathan Wenske and Kris Haro, designed the ads with the goal of drumming up support for HB 1706, a bill in the Texas state legislature that would protect breastfeeding mothers from harassment and discrimination. While they don’t currently have the funding and support to produce the ads, they’re glad the images are going viral.
“It means we did our jobs right as art directors in creating a campaign that is getting real responses, and as students, it’s been a wonderful feeling,” Wenske told The Huffington Post.
Would you eat here? By law, breastfeeding mothers are not protected from harassment and refusal of service in public, often forcing them to feed in secluded spaces such as public bathrooms. To help take a stand, visit, because a baby should never be nurtured where nature calls.
CORRECTION: This article was edited to note that the students who designed the ads don’t plan to distribute them, and to remove a reference to La Leche League, a breastfeeding advocacy organization that’s not affiliated with the campaign.