Nicole joins the ranks of mothers around the world who spoke up when they were told not to breastfeed in public -- at other YMCAs, restaurants and museums -- and saw change come about as a result of their actions.
When Amber Hinds, a mom and lactation consultant, was shamed for nursing at her local pool, she was actually grateful to have had the experience. "It's an experience that I am glad I had, not just because it was a reminder of how far we still have to go regarding the normalization of breastfeeding in this country and, perhaps, this state in particular, but also because it was a moment that showed me how important it is for us as mothers to be confident in our choices and to be able to stand up for ourselves and our children," she wrote in a piece on HuffPost Parents. Fellow HuffPost blogger Kate McKinney echoed Hinds's sentiments when she declared: "If you don't support breastfeeding in public, you don't support breastfeeding."
And, in an impassioned plea this summer, British poet Holly McNish spoke out against the people who, like the YMCA lifeguard, had once asked that she breastfeed her daughter in a restroom: So no more will I sit on these cold toilet lids No matter how embarrassed I feel as she sips Cos in this country of billboards covered in tits I think we should try to get used to this.