Breastfeeding is in the best interest of the health of both infants and women. There are massive amounts of scientific research to support this fact and it is time that the city of Chicago officially recognizes and supports nursing mothers.
It's already against Illinois state law to discriminate against public breastfeeding, but the Chicago City Council should create and enact an ordinance specifically making it illegal for businesses and other entities to ask nursing moms to stop, cover up or move to a different location in public areas.
There are too many instances of women being shamed for nursing their babies in public. Female breasts are not designed specifically for sexual attraction but for nourishing their babies. It is a shame that a large part of our society feels compelled to shame women and dissuade them from feeding their babies in the most natural way. It is also unfair to ask a woman to breastfeed in a place that is unsanitary or awkward.
Let's help normalize breastfeeding in public in this wonderful city and ask the Honorable Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council to make it happen.