A funny thing happened to me on the way home from Oakville Monday.
(said with a cigar hanging out the side of my mouth....hahaha...
only you older people will get that one!)

My girlfriend Lynne & I were travelling westbound in the fastlane of Hwy 403
to Hamilton when to my surprise and I've gotta tell you..shock factor here...
we saw a giant BOOB travelling in the same direction.
We were laughing so hard and I'm scrambling to get my iphone out of
my purse so Lynne can snap some photos of this, all while driving in the fastlane
don't forget!  We're super nuts yelling "What is that?,  Is that a boob on top?,
What else could it be?,   How do I work this thingy?  Just get some good shots!"
And so it begins....I'm speeding up and slowing down and speeding up, trying to keep pace with the truck so Lynne can get a good picture, and totally ticking off the
drivers behind me, I'm sure....although who knows?  Maybe they were
groping around for their iphones too?  We finally got right beside it.....
That's when we realized it was no joke!
But, then we're throwing out ideas to each other which were, of course,
completely out in left field.  I'm thinking, "Are there women in there lined up on
side benches, waiting for their turns to breastfeed?  Do they transport breast milk?  Do they go to new mother's homes and teach them how to breastfeed?"

After researching on the internet...it's none of the above, especially the women lined
up on side benches inside, being held hostage obviously in my scenario!  lol!
You'd think it wouldn't take long for an OPP officer to pull them over and ask that
the back gate be pulled up to see what's inside?

Anyway, back to the internet....
Apparently, this is a mobile unit started in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by a woman named
Jill Miller to raise awareness about breast feeding and so it's part performance art
 and part a public service.  Here's an excerpt from the website devoted to
The Milk Truck.
Quote:
The Milk Truck 
@ The 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial at the Andy Warhol Museum
September 17 - December 10, 2011

Part performance art, part public service. 

Yes, we will buy an ice cream truck and attach a giant boob to the top! Yes, we will become superhero-like in our vigilant support of nursing mothers! And yes, we take our mission very seriously. But we know (from being mothers, perhaps) that words are most effective when accompanied by a friendly smile and a wink. Mary Poppins had it right: a spoonful of sugar does help the medicine go down. So we are using The Milk Truck to start a conversation in our community about a basic human right: feeding a baby. (With sugar on top, of course.)

We're tired of hearing stories about women being asked to leave restaurants or "cover up" with a blanket while doing something as simple as feeding a baby. But we're not the type to complain; we're the type to take action. Which leads us to...The Milk Truck.

When a woman finds herself in a situation where she is discouraged, harassed, or unwelcome to breastfeed her baby in public, she summons The Milk Truck. The truck arrives to the location of the woman in need and provides her with a shelter for feeding her baby. The woman feeds her child, the shopkeeper who harassed her feels like a dweeb, and the truck does what it does best - creates a spectacle. (Which is, incidently, the very thing that the shopkeeper thought he was trying to avoid. Alas, some people have to learn the hard way.)
Interesting eh?
The Milk Truck is in the Toronto area this month, travelling to different
areas of the city to raise awareness about breastfeeding.
Although I'm too old to want to be a mommy again, and too shy to have ever
breastfed in public, I certainly have nothing against women breastfeeding in public and
don't think they should feel embarassed by this natural part of life.

That said, another strange thing happened recently in this regard when I went with
Robynn & our new grandchild, Logan, on the day of his circumcision to the
little doctor's office in Dundas.
There were four babies waiting to be circumcised and when the first girl had gone
in and returned with her baby, she promptly began to breastfeed openly in
the waiting room...which was fine.  The only problem I had with it, was...
the baby was gasping for air, slurping away like he may never get another meal and
when she was ready to burp him...I'm suddenly no more than 9" away from him
in the chair to her right.  There was no one in the two chairs to her left...lets get that straight right now.  I wanted to move, because, I have had the experience of projectile vomitting with my babies and I was waiting for it to happen all over again.
I'm not sure how I would have felt with this stranger's breastmilk all over me!
Is that shallow?
My point is, it's not the feeding in public that bothers me, but have a little
etiquette about how or where you face your baby to burp.
It's not all cutesy, wootsy if you cover a stranger in spit-up.
Aside from the fact that this truck could have caused a bad accident (lucky I'm a
world famous blogger who can take liberties while driving in the fastlane...NOT), I do
believe this is a good cause because let's face it, nursing mothers can't always
pump milk on request for outings and why shouldn't people be allowed to do in
public something as natural and beautiful as breastfeeding?

And now, if you're driving down the highway one day and you see this, you won't
be shocked and wondering what in the Sam heck it is!
Food for thought!
xo
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Too Much Time On My Hands
3/27/2012 10:12:25 pm

Haha! I LOVE it! Yes it could cause an accident I guess BUT what a great idea! I find it soooo tiresome that people get all huffy about breast feeding in public, I say if you feel embarrassed then simply look away or move so you aren't in eyeline. It's YOUR embarrassment YOU deal with it don't push it onto to some poor new mum who could be feeling a bit below par from sleep deprivation and all the other stuff new mums encounter. It's a pet peev of mine! Now, see you got me on my soap box!

World Famous Blogger indeed hahahaha! love it! Have a great day Wendy...hugs to Blarney xxx

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3/27/2012 10:51:09 pm

Hahaha! You make me laugh! But, your rant is valid. I look away, but I was raised by rather prudish parents...not a bad thing...just different. I think it's a mother's right...that's for sure! xo

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5/23/2012 03:38:44 pm

Nice blog of the transport and the video is a complete entertainer.Thanks for the blog post.

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3/28/2012 01:14:46 am

Wendy,
Your story is just too funny! Loved it. I bet that truck could cause an accident for sure. Never seen one. While reading your post I automatically thought of one of my children when they were younger with the projectile vomit after breast-feeding. It never happened around anyone but I could sure feel your thoughts. lol
Haven't visited your blog in a couple of days~looks like I have some catching up to do later in the evening when I have more time to visit.
Have a great day!

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3/28/2012 07:59:28 am

Ah Jana...you're my best commentor ever! Thanks for visiting me....you are so sweet! xo wendy

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3/28/2012 03:17:55 am

LOL! What a hoot! You sound just like me...I would have gone home and looked it up immediately too! It is an effective ploy they have going.
Funny stuff.

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3/28/2012 08:00:31 am

I know right?! So funny! Just when you're having a so-so day, a Seinfeld moment appears! Hahaha! xo wendy

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Rukmini Roy
3/28/2012 03:15:57 pm

Hahahahaha..hilarious! But coming to think of it not that hilarious after all. I have seen people feed their babies in all sorts of places and never really thought its awkward...honestly, I'd be a little too shy to do that in public when i have my baby and I'd love a cover. I think I have a problem with the lady's logic too but to each is own.

Haha, a giant boob. Seriously, just couldn't think of awareness when i saw it first. Lol

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3/29/2012 11:01:20 pm

I know Rukmini! It's so funny! And my first thought wasn't that it was for awareness either! xo

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Nancy
3/29/2012 08:07:03 pm

Love it! I bet those business owners feel like total boobs when this truck rolls into their parking lot!! I dont remember being too hung up about nursing around people but I always draped a receiving blanket in public. We see a LOT more offensive things every day just walking down the street

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Nancy again
3/29/2012 08:13:19 pm

Oh and LOL Wendy! If that wee baby in the doctors office had vomited all over you ..... The gross part wouldn't have been that it was breast milk! The gross part would have been that his digestive process would have started to sour it and you would have smelt sour!!!! You crack me up!

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3/29/2012 11:02:38 pm

Udderly gross! Hahaha! Thanks for commenting Nancy! xo

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3/31/2012 11:59:37 pm

All righty then! Well...I'm seein' a boob theme among your posts. Hmm. Thanks for keeping me laughing. Love your light fixtures (previous post). Notice that there you were anti-boob and now you are pro-boob. I think you actually miss your old light fixtures... I'm just sayin'...

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4/1/2012 12:38:22 am

Thanks for sharing the biggest boobie ever !! LOL
I am among those that think BF is natural. Feed them when they are hungry. If you are comfortable flipping it our then who am I to say you can't? {I do however think there should be an age when a cup will do...but, thats a whole other Boobie Tale} There was a time in history when without a wetnurse, babies would have just perished.
But, I am against forcible confinement, no matter how cute the truck.
Those that say no public breast feeding are I am sure unsubscribing to most of the main stream TV as there is far more shocking things to accidentally see there.
Thanks for the Sunday morning entertainment with my morning cuppa.

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4/1/2012 02:58:28 am

This is hilarious! I love it. And I love that you reacted exactly the same I would have-"Is that a giant boob?"
And, Hubby and I call those light fixtures "nipple lights". Seems we have a few things in common....mustangs, boobs, etc....

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4/1/2012 02:59:33 am

PS-I'm your newest linky follower! Have a great Sunday!

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4/3/2012 09:31:21 am

OMG, that's hilarious - both the boob truck and your story about it! I've seen a smart car with a toilet on the roof, but this is way funnier! And such a great way to get the point across that yes, there ARE things that cause a bigger scene than a woman breastfeeding in public ;-)

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7/18/2012 06:40:45 pm

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