These Breastfeeding Mannequins Challenged Prejudice in Colombia
Campaign by Abbott and JWT Targets Shopping Malls
May 15, 2017
Breastfeeding in public in Colombia is still often frowned upon, so global healthcare company Abbott started a campaign to try and persuade shopping malls to change their policy towards nursing mothers.
Via creative agency JWT Colombia, the campaign persuaded retailers in the malls to swap at least one of their mannequins to a "breastfeeding mannequin," and display it along with a sign asking the shopping mall to allow breastfeeding. Over 100 stores adopted the breastfeeding mannequins, and the campaign invited people to nominate shopping malls to become safe havens for breastfeeding moms via social media or the campaign web site. So far, the effort has led to 10 shopping malls declaring themselves breastfeeding-friendly environments for mothers.
The campaign, which was promoted under the name Amigos de la Lactancia (Friends of Breastfeeding), attracted both national and international attention so far -- with some commenting that it should be also be brought to the U.S.