The Milk Truck: Mobile Breastfeeding Station & Performance Art
July 7, 2011
With all the hoopla about public breastfeeding around the country, performance artist and mom Jill Miller is taking matters into her own hands with the Milk Truck, as part of the Pittsburgh Biennial at the Andy Warhol Museum later this year.
Enlisting the help of donations from website Kickstarter (she’s almost halfway to her goal of $10,000 by July 27), Miller plans to buy an ice cream truck, give it a “boob job” by adding a giant breast to the roof (nipple and all!), staff it with fellow moms and drive it through the streets of Pittsburgh, offering nursing moms a place to breastfeed in private while they’re around town, both at public events like concerts and fairs, as well as in response to individual mamas’ needs.
On the Milk Truck website, Miller writes, “Babies should be able to eat anywhere. And everywhere.” Having lunch in a restaurant and asked to cover up or feed your baby in a bathroom because you’re “causing a scene?” Hail the Milk Truck, and grab a comfortable seat in which to nurse and watch a real scene unfold. Miller explains, “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.)”
You’ll be able to follow the Milk Truck on Twitter or on the Milk Truck website to find out locations or to e-mail requests for a drive-by feeding time. And, should the Milk Truck’s maiden voyage prove successful, Miller may take it on the road to support nursing mothers in other cities.
What do you think? Would you breastfeed on the Milk Truck?