The steel city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, has taken a bold and interesting initiative when it comes to a hot issue: breastfeeding in public places.
While breastfeeding mothers are viewed with acceptance on the American West Coast, the case is very much different on the East Coast, where mothers can even be harassed when they breast-feed in public places.
In Pittsburgh, “The Milk Truck”, an ice cream truck converted into a large nude breast in fiberglass with a flashing light on top as a nipple, has been rolling since mid-September. The car is fitted with a discreet little room for nursing mothers.
The woman behind the rig, Jill Miller, was upset with this uptight East Coast morality, so when she was invited to participate in an art event, The 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial, she took the opportunity to exhibit her Milk Truck.
The Pittsburgh population smiles at the sight of the breast car, but the artwork also has a serious side to it. Women in the Pittsburgh area can call on the car via Facebook or Twitter when they feel unable breastfeed in public places, or if they as professional working mothers need a quiet place to pump breast milk.
The Pittsburgh City Council has endorsed the concept, which it sees as “a combination of guerrilla theater, activism and a little humor.”
Now be honest – how do we as tolerant and open-minded Scandinavians look upon breastfeeding in the streets, cafes and restaurants? Do we also need a “milk truck” that drives around and give nursing mothers a protected zone? Or is it OK to breastfeed in public?
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