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

Wed, July 27, 2011 7:00pm EDT by 22 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


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Cantaremos

Posted at 4:23 PM on March 24, 2012  

….and please, do not oppose “hookers” and “mummies”…we are all that. Patriarcat de merde..

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Cantaremos

Posted at 4:21 PM on March 24, 2012  

I would not dare to criticize or lack respect to a breastfeeding woman. But sometimes some women do this very openly..and, like it or not, a woman’s breast is ALSO sexual, even when it is used for feeding. So it depends on the way it is done, discreet or not..

But please do not start something like “boob power”…breastfeeding does not make a better mom, nor does it make you a better person. It is not a power, it may be a choice.

And formula IS OK TOO. THANKS

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MamaCass

Posted at 11:00 PM on August 8, 2011  

Americans are prude, yes, but it’s ironic that it’s OK to dress like a total skank in public, but breastfeeding a child is ridiculously taboo. Makes absolutely no sense to me, and I’m American, lol.

I’d personally rather see a woman nursing her child, than seeing someone dresses like a $2 hooker. Just sayin’.

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Livi

Posted at 8:06 PM on August 3, 2011  

WOW, but there’s nothing wrong with women parading themselves around like hookers but if a women feeds her child in a public place all hell breaks loose? I simply don’t understand what’s wrong with this country, everything is so offensive for no reason. Breasts were designed for feeding babies, not for looks. I mean come on, you people are clueless, breast feeding is the best thing you could feed your child and people are bashing it. If a mom drinks, she’s a horrible mom, if she doesn’t spend enough time with her kid she’s a horrible mom, but if she breast feeds which is the ultimate bonding between a mother and infant she’s disgusting? No, your lack of intelligence is disgusting. She and the baby have every right, and they’re not going to go to a unsanitary bathroom to feed a baby (who are more likely to get sick from viruses and bacteria in bathrooms) let them live their life, it’s a beautiful and natural thing.

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Jude

Posted at 4:58 PM on July 31, 2011  

As long as she’s covering it, she’s within her rights.

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Elle

Posted at 4:32 PM on July 30, 2011  

Go to the BATHROOM? I don’t know about you people, but I don’t want to eat in a bathroom, much less a PUBLIC one. Maybe if you are offended by something nature intended, you should go hide in a bathroom. Most women who BF in public are VERY modest and use covers or blankets. Most of the time you can’t even tell. There’s a reason why laws like “anywhere and everywhere” are in place. I mean really.. nothing wrong with some hoochie prancing around with her “junk” hanging out, but god forbid a woman feed her baby with boobs like nature intended.

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Renee

Posted at 12:13 PM on July 29, 2011  

There is nothing offensive or disgusting about a woman feeding her child. I don’t understand why people were upset. And for those who say “do it in a restroom”, please… that’s just and uneducated “solution” to something that is not a problem. Those who were offended simply need to grow up.

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Natalie

Posted at 11:47 AM on July 28, 2011  

I don’t see a problem with nursing in public…as long as u are modest and I or my kids can’t see your boob. I don’t know how some women feel comfortable letting their breasts hang out showing off their rubbery nipples, like my SIL. THAT is when it become disgusting.

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mammajamma

Posted at 11:42 AM on July 28, 2011  

Just because you don’t know how to react to a breastfeeding min, doesn’t mean you should react negatively. Do you curse a mom for bottle feeding her baby in public? This is what breasts are for people! They’re not for fun and links, they’re to nourish your baby. Mind your own business

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rachel s.

Posted at 8:21 AM on July 28, 2011  

too bad breastfeeding is so sexualized in the US that a breast feeding mother is equated to a stripper.

If the pool goers were offended or disgusted they should of left the pool.

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M.A. Korman

Posted at 3:16 AM on July 28, 2011  

Breast feeding is a good thing for babies but should not be done in public. The woman should have had the decency to go to the rest room and into a stall.
No one wants to see that in public. If she didn’t have a baby and removed her top she would be arrested for indecent exposure.
Additionally children should not be exposed to that.

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Me Cama

Posted at 8:06 AM on July 28, 2011  

This is soo ridiculous! How prudish some americans just are. Your country has the most teenage pregnancies. What do you think is the cause of it? It wouldnt hurt your kids to stop making a secret out of boobs and sex and all that stuff!
What do you do when you shower? Are you hiding it all from your kids? Every bit? Always?

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Michelle

Posted at 1:32 PM on July 28, 2011  

Actually, in Ohio it is completely legal for a woman to be topless at any place that a man is allowed to be topless (such as at any beaches or pools)….. And why shouldn’t children be exposed to breastfeeding? One can only hope that they were exposed to it as infants…… and honestly – having a snack or lunch in a public restroom – you try that out sometime and see how it goes for you……

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Sara

Posted at 11:05 PM on July 27, 2011  

She has her rights and she keeps it covered up you don’t see anything. IT IS A NATURAL THING!

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Cantaremos

Posted at 4:26 PM on March 24, 2012  

Not a very good point (although I do not criticize BF), my butt is “natural” too…would I show it it the swimming pool? Or course not.
Boobs are sexual TOO…

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someone101

Posted at 9:19 PM on July 27, 2011  

if i was there with my kids i would NOT want to see that. she could have gone to the bathroom atleast

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Happylady

Posted at 9:33 PM on July 27, 2011  

If you do not want to see it then you should look away or perhaps you could go feed your kids in the bathroom

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ok245

Posted at 9:34 PM on July 27, 2011  

oh yeah cause feeding your baby in a bathroom is a better alternative. Would you like to take your next meal in the bathroom???? a public one at that?

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Amaryllis

Posted at 1:45 PM on September 20, 2011  

If I was eating my meal off a human breast, I would absolutely go to the bathroom to do that.

 
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Cantor

Posted at 4:30 PM on March 24, 2012  

Bad point. Babies do not care about eating in bathrooms…they just want to eat…

 
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Rosa

Posted at 1:56 AM on July 28, 2011  

a lot of americans are SO prudish….Sorry, but from a european point of view it really is true!

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momx2

Posted at 10:07 AM on July 28, 2011  

She had her 3 other kids with her! She can’t just leave them to go feed her baby in the bathroom. How ridiculous! I never breastfed my 2 kids but I believe that it’s completely natural. Telling a mom she can’t feed her baby is just crazy. And from what the video showed she was very modest about it, I see more skin from women wearing bikinis.

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