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Ohio Mother Harrassed & Called 'Disgusting' For Breastfeeding At A Public Pool!

Wed, July 27, 2011 7:00pm EDT by 28 Comments

Now, Chrissy Houtz is fighting back, saying she has the right to nurse “wherever and whenever” her baby wants to!

Chrissy Houtz of Huron County, Ohio, says that she was breastfeeding her 1-year-old son at the Norwalk City Pool when other families began complaining to the pool management. Oddly enough, Chrissy faced the same problem last summer and she was told by city officials that she had the right to nurse in public and that pool employees would comply. So, what happened?

Lifeguard Allison Loden tells Fox 8,”They [pool goers] felt it was disgusting and that they didn’t really want to have their children exposed to that.”

That’s when Chrissy reminded the pool employees of her rights, “Under Ohio law, federal law, my rights and his rights are protected,” she explains. “We are able to nurse wherever and whenever he wants to.”

Chrissy has discussed the issue with Norwalk Law Director Stuart O’Hara, who is now investigating legal protections on breastfeeding in public. He says it’s about, “balance between the competing interests of the breastfeeding mother and other patrons of the aquatic center who are offended by that type of activity.”

What’s your viewpoint on this issue, HollyMoms? Should Chrissy be allowed to breasfeed at the pool or any other public place for that matter? VOTE!

–Leigh Blickley