No Penalties for Breastfeeding
Hamilton Ontario Canada
From: NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 21 No. 4, July-August 2004, p. 131
My son, Liam, was born in August 2003, and eight weeks later I resumed playing recreational women's ice hockey. He has been a frequent attendee at my games this year, although my partner frequently has to take him out of the stands because the cheering of the other spectators startles and upsets him.
My league was wrapping up its season, and the championship game was held on March 28, when Liam was seven months old, and still an avid breastfeeder. Because it was the final game, we had an unusually large number of friends and family come to cheer us on, and the game was exciting and close, but my team prevailed with a final score of two to one.
All of the excitement, yelling, and shouting got to be a little bit much for Liam, and he began to cry inconsolably. Immediately following the game, my mother brought my weeping son to the dressing room for some comfort. I was still in my equipment, but Liam was in no mood to be patient, so I quickly pulled off my helmet, jersey, elbow pads, and shoulder pads, and nursed him while wearing the rest of my equipment!
Surely, if a mother can breastfeed in a hockey dressing room, mothers can breastfeed anywhere!