Monday, June 11, 2012

Breastfeeding in Public as a Teachable Moment

Mom Speaks Out After Being Told Not To Breastfeed In Public. (WCCO, 6/7/2012)

Excerpt:   According to Hennepin County Security manager Kirk Simmons, the security officer with whom Barrows spoke later found a county police officer who explained the law. 

“The county officer had told him that she didn’t need to move, she could breastfeed wherever she needed to,” 

Simmons said. But Barrows said she was never directly told that she could stay. 

“I left so mad,” she said. 

Hennepin County Security said it’s trying to use this incident as a teachable moment, which Barrows said she appreciates.

Wisconsin is among 45 states that  have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location.

The Senate version of this bill was co-sponsored by Democrats Fred Risser, Jon Erpenbach, Jim Sullivan, Bob Wirch, and John Lehman; Republicans Alberta Darling, Rob Cowles, and Dale Schultz.

Wisconsin is among 28 states that exempt breastfeeding from public indecency laws.

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