I caught flack from those who thought I was an irresponsible parent (for not cleaning my nipples before each feeding), I was told I was lazy, and that I was fighting a battle not worth fighting.
I was chastised for my lack of respect for everyone else, and on twitter for not planning a nurse in at the YMCA pool.
But here is why I didn't feel the need to do that. I felt confident that a letter writing campaign to the YMCA would be enough.
And guess what? IT WAS!!!!
I received this email this morning and wanted to share it with all of you.
Let me start by thanking you again for your e-mail and for providing me with a little time to research the entire situation. To start, it is not the Y’s policy to restrict any mother from breastfeeding in any way at our facilities. Our investigation into this situation revealed that our young aquatics staff were misinformed and reacted to one person’s personal objection. Without question, this is a critical error, but we take full responsibility for the mistake and have taken measures to correct it. Effective immediately, our staff has been made fully aware that mothers may breastfeed wherever they deem fit at our facilities – including the pool.
We are also working to create signage in the near future stating that our facility is friendly to breastfeeding. Additionally, for the benefit of all members and guests (these breastfeeding or not) we are seeking to create designated areas for mothers to breastfeed. Ideally, these future locations will be more private and comfortable if they so choose to use them. Again, the Y understands the importance of and laws surrounding breastfeeding and in no way wants to hinder mothers or their children. In conclusion, I apologize that this incident happened and hope you will provide us with another opportunity to serve you as we take measures to improve our operation.
Thank you again for bringing this situation to my attention and please feel free to contact me with any other concerns.
Jeff AndresenPresident/CEOYMCA OF GREATER WILLIAMSON COUNTYP.O. Box 819, Round Rock, TX 78680
See? Sometimes writing a polite letter and being nice actually works!!!