Don’t mess with moms.
In Minneapolis, dozens of breastfeeding moms gathered at Mora Pool for a “Nurse-In” after Stephanie Buchanan and her sister-in-law, Mary Davis, were scolded for breastfeeding their babies and asked to cover up or go to a private area.
@chrissyteigen love all your pro breastfeeding posts ❤️❤️❤️ you should check out an incident that happened recently in Mora MN where they told a mom she could nurse at a public pool! They called the cops on her!!!— Bri Johnson (@Bri_C_Johnson) July 20, 2018
Our community knows how to stand up! https://t.co/qapGuvB7kR— The Birth Community (@BirthCommunity) July 21, 2018
Mothers in Mora, Minnesota are holding a “Nurse-In” outside the Aquatic Center after two women were asked to cover up while breast feeding there.— Mary McGuire (@mcguirereports) July 21, 2018
State law allows women to breastfeed in any location, public or private @WCCO #wcco pic.twitter.com/QEiI73N35r
“I felt like I needed to drive down from Duluth to support her,” said Mary Carlson, who made a 90-mile trip to the Nurse-In with her baby boy, Theo. “The first time he started to cry in public, I freaked out and said, ‘What do I do?’ And then I covered him up and he would not stay covered. He wouldn’t latch, he would scream louder. It’s uncomfortable.”
“It’s really emotional, it’s amazing,” Buchanan said to CBS Local Minnesota, upon seeing the turnout of the crowd. “We are really really thankful for all the support that we received.”
Well done, Mommas!— CjRose (@MplsRoseCJ) July 21, 2018
Quite a few people already starting to show up Poolside Nurse-In in Mora to raise awareness about breastfeeding. pic.twitter.com/AlfOTXxTU1— Alex Lehnert (@AlexLehnertFox9) July 21, 2018
Attending my first ever peaceful “protest” called a “Nurse-In” to promote/normalize breastfeeding in public. I’ll be photographing the event & posting them as soon as I can. This is all happening in small town Mora, MN. Crazy!— Bre Gipe (@BreGipe) July 21, 2018
The two women plan to file an anti-discrimination lawsuit against the pool. Minnesota state law allows women to breastfeed their children anywhere without penalty.
“People have no problem seeing puppies feed from their mama, and it’s so cute, but then the minute a mom starts to breastfeed some people say it makes them uncomfortable. They don’t like it, they have a certain set of expectations about how her mother should breastfeed,” Davis said.
It has always been women that have looked at me awkwardly or made some sort of comment. Isn't that interesting?— Amanda J Meyer (@MandaJMeyer) July 22, 2018
Breastfeeding is a natural God given way to feed your baby.
I don't have to be covered up or go hide when I eat, why should my baby? https://t.co/EuuSSCbkCx
People continue to shame mothers for breastfeeding their children in public places all around the country. Idaho currently has no laws to protect breastfeeding mothers, while South Dakota and Virginia have not passed total protections.
In a society that seems to get more conservative by the hour, will these rights continue to be protected? Not if the mothers at Mora pool have anything to say about it.