No mother should ever be shamed, humiliated, or harassed while breastfeeding her baby!
Unfortunately, recently, two mothers were asked to stop breastfeeding their babies in North Carolina courtrooms; one by a judge, one by a law enforcement officer.
Breastfeeding in public, and that includes courtrooms, is not a crime! In fact, breastfeeding in public spaces in North Carolina is protected by law. Yet these women were shamed and made to feel that they were breaking rules and doing something wrong.
What’s happening? Well, despite the fact that breastfeeding in public is protected by law in North Carolina, not everyone is getting the message, including employees at North Carolina court houses. Recently, two mothers were asked to stop breastfeeding their babies in North Carolina courtrooms; one by a judge, one by a law enforcement officer. No mother should ever be shamed, humiliated or harassed while meeting the needs of their babies while breastfeeding.
North Carolina law permits that “...a woman may breastfeed in any public or private location where she is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.”
These mothers knew their rights and they spoke up. Think of the mothers who don’t know it is within their right to breastfeed their child in public or who would feel intimidated by someone asking them to cover up or leave.