I read this in my mailbox today and thought oh this should get Mary’s hair up!! I too would like to get a copy of this so called letter. Both of my Primary councilors AND my secretary have toddlers that they nurse. If I had to wait for them to get out of the mother’s lounge to get anything done I would never see them!!
and I quote …”Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2006 6:36 AM
Subject: breastfeeding and church policy OT
I should say that did you know it’s against church policy to nurse your child during the meetings? A letter was read from the first presidency over the pulpit about 5 years ago. (unless my bishop made it up and said it was from the first presidency) We are encouraged to leave the room and nurse in the mothers lounge. I don’t think many mother’s do this, but I remember this letter well because I was a nursing mother at the time, and had nursed my baby (discreetly) during sacrament and relief society, but once I heard the letter I stopped. I think it’s important that although nursing is a part of your life and your babies….it may make some people uncomfortable. I guess that’s why they put the letter out.
Does anyone know where I can get a copy of this letter? It’s unusual to have a policy that only applies to the United States and having lived out of this country for a couple of years, I know not all church buildings are set up with a nursing room. My sil went to Haiti on his mission and many women there just remove their top to nurse and nurse wherever they are. I would really like to read the exact wording of the letter. As far as nursing your babies go, I would do my best to be in Primary but wouldn’t feel bad if my baby needed to nurse during primary at first. I’m sure the PP will cover for you. Relax and enjoy this time with your little one. The time you have with them is so short. My youngest is now 8 and I can’t believe how quickly time flies.