Breastfeeding ArtPrize Exhibit Breaks Down Public Nursing Barriers

To empower mothers to breastfeed in public, artist Miriel Smith entered her third year in ArtPrize to showcase paintings of nursing mothers and provide a shaded nursing and changing station.

Smith’s entry is located at Lyon and Monroe in front of Fifth Third Bank downtown. Friday morning she handed out cards to several observers, including a card to thank mothers for nursing in public as well as reminder it is Michigan mothers’ legal right to nurse in public: according to the Breastfeeding Anti-Discrimination Act. Michigan is one of 49 states, other than Idaho, which legally protect a mother’s right to breastfeed in public.

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