A woman in Asheville had the police called on her for breastfeeding. (Video news report at link).
An Asheville woman says she was asked to cover up or leave a local Denny’s restaurant while breastfeeding her son, Sunday afternoon.
Crystal Everitt says an employee approached her at her table.
“She said you can stay if you’re not going to breastfeed your child anymore, but if you’re going to breastfeed your child, you need to leave,” said Everitt. “And of course he still needed to eat, so I had to leave.”
Asheville Police were called, but since baring a woman’s breast is not illegal in North Carolina, no report was taken.
A North Carolina law excerpt:
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a woman may breast feed in any public or private location where she is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breast feeding.
But I’m guessing the police wandered off without so much as issuing a warning to the restaurant proprietors for their illegal harassment of this family, eh?
This isn’t an isolated incident. Even in Australia, a woman was recently questioned by police at her workplace for expressing milk behind a closed curtain in a parents’ room on her break.
The mother has had some public support. And some outpourings of hate. You can sample some responses here:
That “baby” is WAY, WAY too old to be breast-feeding, most especially in public! He looks almost 2 years old! Buy a pump, lady!
Have some respect. Breast feed at home or somewhere private.
It’s about modesty and class.
Why is this so hard to understand. Most of us are are not offended by breastfeeding. It’s a natural thing. We just don’t want some b-o-o-b shoved in our faces in public.
I can’t stand to see a woman breast feed in public. It makes me uncomfortable and I sometimes think a woman breast feeds in public to get attention, “look at me I breast feed”. There are al lot of natural things babies, children and adults do p-ee p-ee and p-oo p-oo, vomit, but I don’t want to see it done in public. No I did not breast feed my boys,( They were attached to me as it was) and no I am not a prude
Just for consistency, I don’t want to see a fat guy’s big ole tiddy, either!
I don’t frequent nude beaches nor do I want to see a suckling infant, or in this case a two year old nursing out in the open. If they are old enough to walk, they are old enough to hold a bottle.
What if her husband wanted a sip too?
LADIES, if you want to breastfeed your child, whip them thangs out for us ALL to see.
This shit has got. to. stop.
hat tip to msmoss on twitter.