See a video of the Milk Truck

We unveiled The Milk Truck at the Andy Warhol Museum Saturday 17 September from 3-5pm. The Milk Truck is a part of the exhibition, Gertrude's Lot, at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, curated by Eric Shiner.

The Milk Truck is the creation of Jill Miller - artist and faculty member in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Milk Truck will be included in the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial at the Andy Warhol Museum from September 17 - December 10.

The Milk Truck is a combination of guerilla theater, activism and a little slapstick humor. Yes, we have a truck with a giant boob on the roof. There’s a reason for making The Milk Truck - to create a mobile breastfeeding unit that allows mothers to feed their babies in places where they have been discouraged - restaurants, shopping malls, public spaces, etc. Babies should be able to eat anywhere. And everywhere.

The Milk Truck’s primary mission is to help hungry babies eat by providing a supportive environment for women to nurse their babies. However, the truck will also make regular rounds on its “Pump Route” to offer a private, clean space for women to pump breast milk at work. In addition, and due to popular demand, The Milk Truck will visit businesses and events that are breastfeeding-friendly, to celebrate their awesomeness. (We want to hang out with like-minded people!)

Here's one example of how The Milk Truck works:

A woman in a restaurant is nursing her baby at a dining table. Restaurant management ask her to stop creating a spectacle and use the bathroom for nursing, or leave the restaurant. The mother is in a dilemma -  she simply wants to feed her baby in the same space where she is eating her food. Who wants to eat lunch in a bathroom? Not her baby! And she shouldn't have to. The woman tweets to The Milk Truck her location and situational information. The Milk Truck posts the information to Facebook, Twitter, and The Milk Truck's website. The Milk Truck (and supporters) arrive to the restaurant location, park in front of the establishment, and set up the mobile breastfeeding unit. The woman feeds her baby in the comfort of the truck’s cozy chairs and shaded canopy, and the restaurant owner is left to ponder the sense of making a woman feel uncomfortable for doing something as simple as feeding her baby. Thought the nursing mother created a spectacle? Meet the Milk Truck!

Here’s another example of how The Milk Truck works:
You are a business owner. You welcome breastfeeding mothers to your establishment. You may have won awards for your reputation as a great place to nurse a baby. (Or maybe not - don’t worry, there’s still time.) We hear that you embrace breastfeeding. (It is, after all, a basic human right.) We put you on our schedule of weekly stops and we tell everyone how awesome you are. Excited families visit your business, and everyone is happy.

Which guy do you want to be?

Do you like babies? Moms? Trucks?!? Are you interested in supporting this project? Visit The Milk Truck’s DONATE page and help us keep our wheels on the road.

We need your help. 
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