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Texas Mom Ordered To Stop Breastfeeding at the Mall

Texas Mom Ordered To Stop Breastfeeding at the Mall

Whether your infant is formula fed or breastfeeding, all moms know that when our little ones are hungry there’s not a lot of time before the dreaded baby meltdown happens. Babies can go from being perfectly happy and satisfied one minute to hungry and inconsolable the next. One Texas mom found herself in just this type of situation while at a shopping mall with family recently, but was soon ordered to stop breastfeeding when a store official spotted her on a mall bench.

Houston’s local KHOU reports about Brittany Warfield’s experience while breastfeeding her 7-month-old on a bench outside of one of the stores her family was shopping in. The mother of three claims she was accosted by the manager of Hollister while she was peacefully breastfeeding her baby under the cover of a jacket. Warfield reports to FoxNews that she was careful to cover up saying, “I laid her in my lap. I took her hooded jacket and draped it around her head and I covered myself. That way, no one could see me nursing.”

Warfield explains what happened next, “He came out and he was yelling. He said, ‘You can’t do this here. This is not where you do that. You can’t do that on Hollister property. We don’t allow that.’ I said, ‘It’s Texas. I can breastfeed anywhere I like.’ He said, ‘Not at Hollister. Your stroller is blocking the way. You have to go.’”

Though the topic of breastfeeding in public has always been a hot button issue for both those who oppose it and those who are for it, Warfield was right when she told the manager that according to Texas law she is entitled to breastfeed anywhere she is authorized to be. But there may be some loopholes in the law that allow private businesses to ask breastfeeding customers to leave due to dress code violations or conduct. Warfield says she feels she was humiliated and wants nothing more than an apology, but has not yet received one from any Hollister store officials.

What do you think of this mother’s ordeal while breastfeeding at her local shopping mall?

Do you think private businesses should be forced to comply with the law allowing mothers to breastfeed wherever they are authorized to be?
 

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  • tuggerkat By tuggerkat
    01.12.13  

    Some people cannot find good in anything. I wonder how many people that are complaining were breast fed. Wahat would they do with a hungry infant in a mall. McDonalds?????

  • jedigal By jedigal
    01.12.13  

    It doesn't sound like she was IN the store, it sounds like she was in the main mall somewhere in front of Hollister. When I was BFing and I was in the mall, I would find a fitting room to do it in. And if there is a Motherhood maternity store, they are generally very nice about letting use their fitting rooms. BUT, I think this guy way out of line to accost her like that. A bunch of us should go complain on their FB page! BTW, here is a comic that describes this story-- http://pinterest.com/pin/196962183674063779/

  • thriftysoul By thriftysoul
    01.14.13  

    If you are not showing nakedness, and this mother indicates she was discreetly covering the activity, then what is the problem? If she was hanging it all out like she was making some kind of statement, I might feel differently, but babies need to be fed and with discretion, no one should be offended. No one is being forced so see and nothing is horrible. Puh-lease! As long as people say, pump and carry, the controversy won't be resolved. When this beautiful and completely natural and requisite act - in fact, in this case, a legal one - is allowed to be treated in such a humiliating manner without recourse, things won't change and the uneducated will stay that way. Only when we stand up with confidence will things improve.

  • BabyLove2012 By BabyLove2012
    01.14.13  

    I think there should be restrictions/limitations on this as I myself find it offensive when a woman pulls it out in public and in no way sort or form is discreet about it! I have seen this happen many times in my local Wal-mart and it looks like they are begging for attention when they show all. In a place such as wal-mart they certainly get attention too!! Oogglers from every angel!!! I think this is over use/kill of the law! I mean please, who wants to see all that ! Dont spoil a good thing for everyone be discreet and it will be more accepted!! If you are nursing discreetly, than what's the issue

  • nothingnew By nothingnew
    01.16.13  

    If it's a private business then I think they should be able to enforce their rules. I for one do not want to see somebody breastfeeding their baby in public. "Discreet" is not parking yourself in front of a store and covering the baby with an infant hoodie, it's taking your baby someplace private where others aren't made uncomfortable by your choices. It's legal to pick your nose in public but it's not a great way to show respect to others in your community.

  • Capinnc By Capinnc
    01.20.13  

    My daughter is almost two, and was breastfed almost exclusively for her first year. I found it difficult to breastfeed in public, and would pump and bring a bottle when I could. I happily shop in stores that cater to breastfeeding women. My mall actually has a breastfeeding room, lucky me! But all of that aside, why are people so threatened by breastfeeding? Is it jealousy? Maybe they weren't nurtured by their mothers. No one would kick a woman out for bottle feeding. It's not like she had her breast hanging out in the store. The time has come for people to grow up, and not be so threatened by boobies!

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