I have found that breastfeeding changes a person’s perspective of public places. How many breastfeeding moms have had the frustrating experience of searching for a quiet, peaceful place to feed a frantic baby—not necessarily for personal privacy, but because babies more than a few months old tend to be distracted by everything and will not eat unless it’s quiet. It’s pretty evident that city planners had no breastfeeding moms on board when developing public places (Pritchard Park? forget it)!
In light of this, I want to commend 10,000 Villages for being so actively supportive of breastfeeding. Twice the manager has offered—without my asking—the use of their backroom for changing/feeding my baby. Not only do they support women in developing nations with their fair-trade products, but they support women in our community by creating a safe and peaceful environment. I hope that more businesses in Asheville will follow their lead in creating family-friendly spaces.
— Susie Strull