Breastfeeding and the right

Not widely discussed in political circles, breastfeeding is still a controversial topic, and regularly makes local (and sometimes even international) news. Last year, for example, Pope Francis encouraged mothers to breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel, no less, telling them: “If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice, because they are the most important people here.”

Also last year, a Missouri mom named Laura Trickle faced a fine and jail time for bringing her nursing baby to jury duty (as a result of her activism, Missouri ultimately joined a handful of other states in exempting breastfeeding moms from jury duty.)

And earlier this year, it was reported that a Victoria’s Secret store told a nursing mom she couldn’t breastfeed in the store (but she could in the alley). So while this isn’t a front page story, it is an issue that isn’t going away.