Friday, November 03, 2006

In case you were curious about Target's breastfeeding policy . . .

So I emailed Target yesterday and suggested they put in lounges for breastfeeding AND bottlefeeding mamas to use (and yes, I did say both!) and that I thought it would be great for their business to offer this. Here is their response:

Dear _____________,

Target has a long-standing practice that supports breastfeeding in our stores. As a family-oriented retailer, we want all of our guests to feel comfortable shopping at Target.

For guests in our stores, we support the use of fitting rooms for women who wish to breastfeed their babies, even if others are waiting to use the fitting rooms. Additionally, guests who choose to breastfeed discreetly in more public areas of the store are welcome to do so without being made to feel uncomfortable.

Thanks for taking the time to share your questions, thoughts and comments about this issue. We hope to see you again soon at Target.


Jennifer Hanson
Target Executive Offices

Pretty cool, huh? Sigh. I really love Target. Even without lounges :) I have to add it took Target less than 24 hours to respond, as well. Yay!

I was so excited about my outing to Target yesterday I decided to try one to IKEA today with both of the girls. My friend Melissa met me there with her son, but shopping with her sure isn't as easy as it used to be. I think once her new son is born it will be downright impossible for us all to go anywhere together! Iris is a little sick (um, for the fourth time since Eloise was born! Grrr!) and she was having a rough time listening to me. Eloise woke up near the end of the shopping so I took her and Iris to the little cafe place to nurse. Of course, I didn't notice that IKEA actually has a lounge for mamas to use (or daddys, you know, whoever!) so I nursed in the cafe while Iris tried her hardest to not listen to a single thing I had to say to her. It is so hard to wrangle a toddler while exposing a breast, let me tell ya. So, after nursing we walked over to the bathroom, where I then noticed there was a baby lounge complete with a changing table and a comfy chair for nursing and a train table. Um, yeah, I wish I would have looked for that sooner! Iris then proceeded to dump a half cup of lemonade all over the floor of the cafe, but I will take credit for that, since I really shouldn't have given her a spill-able cup because I know it's hard for her to not dump the things out. I was a frazzled mess by the time we left, but at least I got some cool (and much needed, I might add) stuff! I love IKEA!

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