This latest public breastfeeding shaming experience is a great reminder to mamas to know your rights when it comes to feeding your baby!
If you're going to get shamed for public breastfeeding, obviously you should record the incident on video. And post it to social media. Because then you will realize that you are far from alone in facing this totally unfair and unfounded discrimination.
Virginia mom Ashley Cooper was recently harassed by a security guard for nursing her daughter at the ironically named Short Pump Town Center mall, where her family was visiting the Easter Bunny. The mom-of-two had tried to use a nursing room, but it was full. That's when Cooper began breastfeeding her 8-month-old on a bench.
"You can't do that here," a female security guard chided her, according to the mom. But Cooper replied that in the state of Virginia, you are allowed to breastfeed anywhere.
You can see Cooper's reaction to the incident on the Facebook live video she shared.
In the footage, the mom is clearly upset, out of breath as she explains what happened. "The security is on the radio with somebody," Cooper says. And then another woman comes up and offers her support.
Commenters to the video quickly pointed out how discreet Cooper was being. But that shouldn't matter. As the mom wrote in her Facebook post, "I am frustrated with the lack of training and education regarding nursing mothers' rights. I hope area businesses take note to ensure their staff is aware that moms can feed babies however they choose, wherever they are."
She added about what happened after the video ended: "I finished feeding my baby, I went back in line with my husband and toddler, and my 2 kids got their photo with the Easter bunny. We then went down to guest services to speak with mall management. The women behind the counter were very apologetic and kind."
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