A breastfeeding mom was surprise to be told she needed to cover up, but it turns out she had the perfect response.
Babies need to eat and breastfeeding moms have to respond to that need when it strikes, so Avery Lane, who lives on a military post, stopped to nurse her 2-month-old baby at an H&R Block location.
The manager asked Lane to cover her breastfeeding baby but she responded by offering him a blanket to cover his face if he was so offended. She took to Facebook to explain the incident, writing:
“So I was breastfeeding my 2 month old at a H&R Block on a military post when the manager asked me ‘Can you cover up with a towel or something?’ I was completely shocked so I raised my voice slightly and said ‘No but I have a muslin if you would like to cover your face. You must not know Georgia’s breastfeeding laws.’”
She continued: “He asked me to leave since he was helping my friend and not me. So I then called the Military Police so they could come and inform him of them. I’m glad they came and informed him that he could not tell me to leave. Also one of the MPs told me that there is nothing wrong with a mother breastfeeding her child. I’m only posting this because I hope more moms will stand up to normalize breastfeeding. I refuse to cover my child or nurse in my car.”
In a follow-up YouTube video, Lane further explained that she wasn’t looking for the employee to be fired, noting: “There’s no need for him to be fired because of that,” but that she did want him to be educated about public breastfeeding.
Commenters on her Facebook post about the incident were very supportive of her actions, with one person writing: “Feed that baby if she’s hungry. It shouldn’t matter where you are. You are brave and strong and beautiful. Some idiots forget what breasts are for – feeding babies! You stand strong, mommy! Stand strong for those mommies that are bullied and intimidated and shamed when they feed their babies and are asked to leave – #normalize #breastfeeding.”
Another commenter noted: “Good for YOU and your baby and every other breastfeeding mama out there! Taking a stand! Even with the MP! #yourock #normalizebreastfeeding.”
One person pointed to how natural breastfeeding is, noting: “A woman came into my job breastfeeding and it didn’t phase me. I honestly didn’t even notice until the and of her transaction. It’s a natural thing which most people fail to realize. It’s not gross or disturbing it’s natural.”
Another commenter noted how not all babies like to be covered, so it’s not always practical to use a cover-up while nursing, writing: “My baby hated things over his head when I was feeding him – I suppose I should have just let him starve so I didn’t offend the public.”
This commenter, among many others, piled on the praise, writing: “Good for you! There is nothing shameful about breastfeeding.”