Moms Hold "Nurse-In" For Breastfeeding Awareness
Matt Demczyk | Jul 22, 2018 AT 4:00 pm
(KNSI) - A lot of moms and babies gathered outside the Mora Aquatic Center on Saturday for a "Nurse-In".
The event was created to bring awareness to a mother's rights when it comes to breastfeeding after Mary Davis and Stephanie Buchanan were told they had to go to the locker room as they were breastfeeding their babies poolside on Wednesday.
The women initially refused to move, citing state law, and the pool called police on the moms.
Mary says, while what happened at the pool was humiliating, the positive response they've received from the community has been amazing.
"We just want everyone to know that this Nurse-In was about raising awareness for a mother's right to breastfeed whereever, however she pleases and that we're protected by Minnesota state law."
Stephanie says this is the first time something like this has happened to her, "I feed my baby everywhere, and I have never had anybody approach me or give me any dirty looks."
Minnesota statute states "a mother may breastfeed in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother's breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is not considered indecent exposure."
Mary's husband Brandon says he's proud of her for standing her ground.
"She's always stood up for herself and her beliefs, so it's what I expected her to do."
City officials issued a statement, apologizing to the women if they were offended by how they were treated, and saying that city policies and procedures will be reviewed.
Mary and Stephanie say the apology falls short and they hope the city has learned from this so it doesn't happen to any other breastfeeding moms.
They have another "Nurse-In" planned for August 11.