A Michigan mom is outraged after a judge called her out for breastfeeding in a a courtroom.
Writing on a community forum on BabyCenter, Natalie Hegedus said she was left humiliated and crying after a bailiff reported her breastfeeding her 5-month old and reported it to the judge.
As reported on the Huffington Post the judge called her up and asked her if she was breastfeeding. When she said yes the judge asked whether she thought it was appropriate to breastfeed in court.
Her reply? She tells WoodTV (video below) she said, “Considering the fact that my son is hungry, and he’s sick, and the fact that it’s not illegal, I don’t find it inappropriate … And the judge said something to the effect of ‘It’s my court, it’s my decision and I do find it inappropriate.”
However, the judge disagreed and told her “Don’t ever do that again here.”
Hegedus was there to testify in a court proceeding and said she only brought her son to court in the first place because he had an ear infection and while they were waiting to be called he got hungry so she fed him. She says she was fully covered and sitting the back of the courtroom.
When WoodTV asked the Chief Judge of the court in question how he felt about the first judge’s decision to send Hegedus out of the courtroom to breastfeed he said, “I’m not defending this judge, I just don’t think it is a story. This is abuse of the information age. A one to two sentence exchange has now turned into a national story.”
Not a story? A judge, of all people, should know the law. Hegedus was doing nothing illegal. However, whether it’s legal or not, it’s the judge’s courtroom and he can decide what is and isn’t distracting or appropriate… Or can he?
Was the judge right? Do you feel it was inappropriate for Hegedus to breastfeed in the courtroom? Why or why not?
See Hegedus tell her story: