Seattle Moms Campaign To Make Breastfeeding In Public A Civil Right

Fri, April 6, 2012 9:41am EST by Add first Comment
Alicia Silverstone Nursing

Have you ever needed to breastfeed your baby while out and about, but couldn’t because you didn’t want to feed them in a bathroom or stall?

Mother’s in Seattle are getting together to make it a crime to ask a woman to stop breastfeeding their infants. They are pushing legislation to make breastfeeding in public a civil right, according to The Daily Mail. Even actress Alicia Silverstone  has been spotted nursing her son Bear Blu not only in public, but while walking!

The city has legalized breastfeeding in public and “enshrining breastfeeding as a civil right would have a multitude of health benefits for the mother and child along with lowering infant mortality rates,” council member Bruce Harrell said.

“Who wants to feed their baby in a bathroom stall? Would you bring your lunch to a bathroom stall?” new mom Leticia Brooks asked the council.

State to state the laws regarding breastfeeding differ. In Tennesse the law protects women feeding in public, but only of a one-year-old or young, according to In Ohio, breastfeeding discrimination is ruled to be sexual discrimination. And in the law in Virginia women can only breastfeed on state-owned property.

The Seattle council should come to a final decision regarding the matter by April 9.

Good luck, Moms!

—Giovanna Pagliarulo

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