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Breastfeeding Moms Unite at 'Boobs for Babies' Sit-In

Moms staged a "Boobs for Babies" sit-in at an Australian mall after a breastfeeding mother was kicked out of the food court.

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When Luci White was asked by staff at an Australian mall's food court to leave and use a special feeding room after customers complained about her breastfeeding in public, her friend Samantha Purden took to Facebook to complain about it.

"I am absolutely disgusted and appalled that a young mum friend of mine was just asked by staff at the marketplace to move to a feeding room because some people made a complaint about her feeding in the food court," she wrote. "If I were still breastfeeding I'd be marching down there to do it right now! I think there needs to be a mass breastfeeding session in that food court to educate the neanderthals out there that no one has the right to tell a mum where to feed her child."

The post went viral, resulting in a "Boobs for Babies" sit-in at the shopping mall on Friday.

"Boobs for babies is a mass breastfeeding protest in support of mums having the freedom to feed their babies (be it breast or bottle) whenever and wherever they need to and not be shamed or humiliated for doing so!!!," wrote Michelle Van Zyl (who orgaznized the event) on Facebook. "It's to show support for this one young mom, and every other mom who has ever been told what she's doing is wrong. It's perfectly legal, we're not breaking any laws for feeding our babies and we shouldn't be made to feel like we are."

It's true—it's legal for moms to breastfeed their children in public in Austraila. And according to Yahoo News, every table at the food court was full, as parents peacefully stood up for this right.

"If the people don't like the woman breastfeeding," shopper Noel Cahill told 7 News, "they can take their pie and their latte and go to the dunny!"

Dunny is Austrailian slang for "toilet." And yes, I just had to Google that.

Following the sit-in, the Bendigo Marketplace that houses the food court apologized for the incident, saying its staff will now be told it's acceptable for moms to breastfeed wherever they choose. Score!

Way to stick together to get such an important message across, ladies!

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld