A mom shopping at American Girl Place in New York this weekend was asked to stop breastfeeding her baby in the seating area of the store. In tears, she moved to a fitting room while employees talked about her loudly outside the door. Her husband tweeted about the incident and how upset his wife was: “She called me after it happened and was pretty upset. Completely unacceptable.”
The dad later tweeted that they plan to write a letter and will wait to see what kind of response they receive. According to breastfeeding state laws, the mom should not have been made to move to the fitting room to nurse her baby- New York specifically allows women to breastfeed in any public or private location.
These laws aren’t SECRETS and- considering all the instances popping up of breastfeeding moms being mistreated – should be required education for all employees. Just last month a mom was kicked off a Detroit bus for discreetly breastfeeding her baby.
I don’t know the whole story apart from the few tweets that are going around on Twitter, but I am guessing it’s another one of those examples of misinformed (and probably young) employees who don’t know better, and frankly should be ashamed of themselves. But I can’t say that the whole company should be vilified for an employee’s immature actions. People are already boycotting American Girl. Maybe a bit overboard?
Have you ever been asked to cover up? What would you do?
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