This video is appalling.
Lucy Eades and her husband were at a Burleson, Texas, Recreation Center for their daughter’s dance class. The mother of four was nursing her 16-day-old child when an employee of the rec center asked her to cover up and continued to harasses her loudly, calling her “indecent.”
But Eades stood up for her rights as her husband caught the exchange on his phone.
The battle is stunning to watch because the employee will not let up on Eades, who responds, “It is state law, I can nurse my child with or without a cover.”
And, as The Huffington Post reports, she’s right. “It’s legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 states, and Texas is one of 45 states that have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location.”
Apparently Eades was the second mom asked to cover up or stop nursing that day. Later, the City of Burleson released a statement that amounts to defending the employee’s actions:
The City of Burleson supports breastfeeding and appreciates recognition of National Breastfeeding Week. The city also supports the law, which states, “A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.” Today, two women were breastfeeding in or near a public entrance to the city’s recreation center where we were hosting a camp for youth ages 5 – 13 in addition to other recreation center patrons. To be respectful of everyone’s rights we asked the women to cover up. There is nothing in the law that prohibits the city from requiring a mother to cover up. We also offered a room in an attempt to be more accommodative. The city did not attempt to prohibit breastfeeding and we fully support the freedom of mothers to breastfeed as long as it doesn’t infringe on someone else’s freedom.
I just can’t fathom the big deal with breastfeeding. As I mentioned earlier this week after a mother was harassed aboard an American Airlines flight for nursing, why are we sexualizing a nursing mother to our children? As a YouTube commenter puts it, “I have a blanket she can borrow to cover her face if she doesn’t want to see a mom breastfeeding her child like nature intended.”
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