After months of anticipation, the first-ever Great Nurse-In is happening THIS Saturday, August 4, on the West Lawn on the U.S. Capitol Building! With a mission to normalize nursing for today’s society and future generations, the event welcomes everyone — nursing moms, fomerly nursing moms, non-nursing moms, partners, children, friends, community members — who wants to support the cause.
I originally posted about the event several weeks ago, and since then more festivities have been planned, including a Launch Party taking place at The Tabula Rasa on Capitol Hill, tomorrow, August 3. From 9am – 6pm, you can stop by for boobie cupcakes and swag bags for the Saturday celebration, and to mingle with other breastfeeding supporters.
Tomorrow is also the Great Nurse-In’s Action Day, when many GNI attendees will be visiting their Congress members to solicit support for a federal breastfeeding law. Participants can pick up talking points for their scheduled meetings at the Launch Party.
As for Saturday’s big event, there will be guest speakers, a Big Latch-On assembly, children’s performers presented by the Boogie Babes, open mic sessions, and more. The program schedule is available here.
And if you can’t make it to the Great Nurse-In, you can visit the website to find out other ways to show your support.
On August 4, 2012, you have a chance to be part of history. That’s when the first-ever Great Nurse-In will be held on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building. Taking place in the midst of World Breastfeeding Week, the event welcomes everyone — nursers, non-nursers, men, women, children — for a day full of fun, learning, and a chance to support the right to breastfeed in public.
The Great Nurse-In is the brainchild of Rachel Papantonakis, a local mom of two, who was fed up with hearing stories of mothers being condemned for breastfeeding in public. Even though she hadn’t had a negative experience herself, she decided to take action. It began with a message on our neighborhood list serv stating her goal to plan a gathering on the National Mall and within just months it’s grown to a full-fledged event that is expected to draw thousands from around the country and even overseas.
The aim of the event is to normalize nursing for today’s society and future generations by promoting public breastfeeding. And Rachel stresses that the Great Nurse-In isn’t just for breastfeeding moms, it’s for everyone. It will feature events and activities that support and empower nursing mothers, as well as educate and engage non-nursing community members. There will also be festivities for children, including performances by local musicians brought to you by the Boogie Babes.