Mother Kicked Out Of Library In Minnesota For Breastfeeding

Mon, June 11, 2012 9:55am EDT by 38 Comments
Breastfeeding Mom

‘Time’ magazine recently sparked a debate over the appropriate age to breastfeed a child with their controversial cover. Now, the appropriate place for breastfeeding is being questioned.

Hadley Barrows was thrown out of a Minnesota library by a security officer for breastfeeding her son — how awful!

Barrows was discreetly nursing her son on a bench at the Minneapolis Central Library when she was approached by a security officer. “He said I was either gonna have to take it outside or go in the bathroom,” Barrows told WCCO-TV. The officer referred to Barrows’ breastfeeding as “indecent exposure.”

Confused and embarrassed, Barrows went to question the librarian who also told her she needed to move somewhere more private. The security officer consulted a county police officer about the law. The police officer told him that there was no reason for her to be asked to move and “she could breastfeed wherever she needed to.”

According to Minnesota state law, a mother can breastfeed her child in any private or public location. Because of all the confusion, the library decided to use the incident as a “teaching moment” and sent a memo to all of their staff outlining the laws.

Barrows explained, “There are enough obstacles to nursing as it is without having people make you feel like a criminal for doing it.”

HollyMoms, do you think Hadley Barrows should have been asked to leave the library for breastfeeding?

– Jenny Pickard

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samantha

Posted at 9:45 PM on June 11, 2012  

Yikes! When I have kids some day I definately will pump into a bottle. I don’t want the whole world seeing my boobs! Eew!

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Lisa

Posted at 9:36 PM on June 11, 2012  

Breastfeeding in public without a cover shouldn’t be allowed. I was walking through the mall the other day and a mom was breastfeeding her 3-4 year old boy in the middle of the mall! No cover or anything! My 6 year old daughter says to me “Mommy, why is that boy stuck on his mommy?”. I really didn’t want to have these kind of talks with her until she was a bit older. I just find it frustrating.

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Kim

Posted at 7:01 PM on June 11, 2012  

Having sex is a “natural beautiful” thing but I’m not going to just start boning my hubby in a library!!. You people are pathetic! Just cover your boobs or put it in a bottle if you have to feed your kid that exact moment and can’t make it to a bathroom or not so public place. If ya don’t like people bit*hing about it and staring then DON’T do it! Its as simple as that!

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Breastfeeding Mom

Posted at 7:34 PM on June 11, 2012  

How dare you compare having sex in public to breastfeeding in public! You show just as much skin wearing a string bikini as you do breastfeeding.But comparing breastfeeding in public to sex in public is absurd! Like I said, how about the next time you eat you put a hot stuffy cover over your head and see how you like it. One of the benefits of breastfeeding is that you can feed you child anytime and anywhere. I actually don’t care at all if people stare at me while breastfeeding because it’s not like they can see anything private just the top of my boob that people see everyday when i wear a tank top, in fact maybe they will learn something from seeing me breastfeed.

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Lol!

Posted at 7:56 PM on June 11, 2012  

Lmao! @breastfeeding mom.. Sex IS a natural thing…just like urinating, having a bowel movement etc. You people are all for this “breastfeeding is natural, that’s what boobs are for” well, a penis is used for urinating and having sex, but you don’t ever see men doing that in public. You need to grow up and quit trying to cause controversy. People like you are the ones that cause all these problems because you just don’t know when to stop!

 
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Breastfeeding Mom

Posted at 9:00 PM on June 11, 2012  

We have to stick up for ourselves, and that is just what I am doing, We aren’t exposing any part of the boob that isn’t exposed when wearing a tank top. That’s the difference between having sex in public and urinating in public because when you do those things you are exposing yourself. Not to mention sex is provocative and breastfeeding is not. Urinating you are getting urine in a public place, breastfeeding is neither provocative nor getting urine everywhere, nor exposing yourself (if proper attire is worn). I refuse to let you get away with making breastfeeding moms feel like they are doing something wrong.

 
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lol!

Posted at 9:41 PM on June 11, 2012  

YOU may not be exposing yourself and might have the proper attire but many people don’t and just let it all hang out. Point is that if one needs to breastfeed in public they should be covered up. Or better yet, use a bottle!

 
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New BF Mom

Posted at 6:48 PM on June 11, 2012  

Society accepts women dressing risque, getting drunk at bars/clubs and running around the city half naked to attract men, but condones a mom nursing her baby for nutritional benefit of the baby? This is not right. I am a nursing mother and I often endure the sideways glances when nursing in public, although breast milk is the healthiest for children. Nursing mothers should be encouraged for the dedication they have for their families.

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Breastfeeding Mom

Posted at 6:52 PM on June 11, 2012  

I couldn’t agree more! It’s is simple, if you don’t like it then don’t look! It’s not fair to ridicule us for doing what’s best for our babies, and I am tired of people making me feel ashamed for breastfeeding my baby when he’s hungry.

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Mel

Posted at 6:58 PM on June 11, 2012  

You SHOULD be ashamed!

 
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Breastfeeding Mom

Posted at 7:35 PM on June 11, 2012  

Can I ask why?

 
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Mel

Posted at 8:02 PM on June 11, 2012  

Exposing your breasts in public is just absurd. There is no reason you can’t get to a more private place to feed your child unless you are just plain lazy!

 
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Breastfeeding Mom

Posted at 8:54 PM on June 11, 2012  

You aren’t exposing any part of your breast that isn’t exposed when you were a tank top. Most of the time there isn’t a private alternative to feed when in public. Trust me if there was we would use it, no one wants to hear comments like this in person. I am sorry but I will never feed my child in a restroom that is disgusting and filled with germs that could cause my child to get very sick! You know what one of the benefits of breastfeeding is you get the freedom of being lazy and just pulling your boob out and giving your baby the best.You must not of had any children, or you were too lazy to breastfeed what children you have. Otherwise you would know how rude it is to say that I should be ashamed to breastfeed my baby. I am proud to breastfeed my child and I want to the world to know it. By breastfeeding in public I am standing up for myself and letting other breastfeeders know that there isn’t any shame in giving your child the best. I hope when people see me breastfeeding my child it can help them get the confidence to do it themselves.

 
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Mel

Posted at 9:27 PM on June 11, 2012  

LOL! Wow! You really must be a lazy mother. There are plenty of alternatives other than just “pulling your boob out”. You sounds like the laziest person ever saying that. I breastfed all of my children and not once was I lazy enough to pull my boob out. Like Michelle, I fed my kids at home and expressed into bottles when I needed to go out in public. Like other have said its people like you that think you are entitled because you are breastfeeding. I’ve never heard before that a benefit of breastfeeding is that you can just pull your boob out. How sick… Anyway…you go ahead and keep “standing up” for yourself. And the rest of us will continue to give you dirty looks and tell you to cover up.

 
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Lol

Posted at 9:31 PM on June 11, 2012  

excuse me, but what kind of tanks are you wearing? No tanks that I own show that far down.

 
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Breastfeeding Mom

Posted at 6:34 PM on June 11, 2012  

This is ridiculous that people are acting like breastfeeding is wrong. Its natural, boobs were made to feed babies! If you have breastfed before you know the hardship of people acting like you are out of line for feeding your baby.As for the covering while breastfeeding, I think it is ridiculous to have to cover. How about the next time you want to eat we will throw a cover over your head and see how you like it. I am a breastfeeding mom and it took me a long time to get the courage to breastfeed in public because I was afraid someone would make a rude comment or make me feel ashamed. This society needs to realize that we need to praise every women we see for breastfeeding not ridicule her! Breastmilk is absolutely the best thing for babies.

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Michelle

Posted at 6:53 PM on June 11, 2012  

Nobody said anything about breastfeeding being wrong. We’re simply saying there is a time and place for everything and breastfeeding a kid in a library with a bunch of other children around is probably not the smartest idea. 4-5 year olds are too young to start explaining all that stuff. And what is wrong with covering up? Do you want people seeing your boobs? I’m sorry but you sound like one of those young mothers that thinks she’s entitled to everything because she has a baby. All goes back to the same old saying…Just because you CAN do somethin, DOESN’T mean you should.

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Breastfeeding Mom

Posted at 7:50 PM on June 11, 2012  

I don’t feel entitled to anything Michelle. I am a hard working mother. How dare you call me a mom that feels entitled. There are reasons why there are laws for breastfeeding. The health benefits of breastfeeding is amazing for both baby and mom. By the way have you tried to cover while breastfeeding? Here’s my experience, my child pulls the cover off, he gets overheat and sweats, and then he cries really loud because he is hot. Which would you rather have a quiet happy baby or a loud screaming one? How about you eat with a cover on and see how you like it? Also, the article said she was discreetly breastfeeding so most 4 or 5 year olds wouldn’t even notice. I say let them learn. I breastfeed in front of my nieces and I explain to them what I am doing and they understand. It even warms my heart to see them “breastfeed” their dolls.

 
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Michelle

Posted at 8:07 PM on June 11, 2012  

Never needed to cover up because I never did it in public! Fed my babies at home and when we needed to go somewhere I pumped into a bottle before we left. Never had a problem with an unhappy, hot, hungry baby! And I most definately wouldn’t have wanted my 4 year old coming up to me and asking why that lady on the bench had her baby sucking on her! Ugh!

 
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Breastfeeding Mom

Posted at 9:05 PM on June 11, 2012  

That is your choice for not breastfeeding in public, some people don’t have that luxury. Congrats on breastfeeding! I am surprised that you are a breastfeeder and don’t want your children to know about it though. I am not going to tell you how to parent because that is rude, just caught me off guard. Like I said, most people breastfeed in public very discreetly to the point that no one would no what you are doing unless you are staring really hard.

 
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Kelly E

Posted at 2:34 PM on June 11, 2012  

i voted in the survey. I of course voted No. Who are the 20% who think she should have been!? UGH!!

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Jen

Posted at 12:32 PM on June 11, 2012  

I’m not against anyone breastfeeding and if she’s doing discretely that’s fine your child is hungry you have to feed him/her but a couple weeks ago I was at a store and a lady was breastfeeding while her child was sitting on the cart in front of her no discretion or anything like her boob was full out for the world to see that’s where it becomes uncomfortable way uncomfortable.

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susan

Posted at 1:18 PM on June 11, 2012  

That is just wrong. Really….who wants to see that??

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my opinion

Posted at 2:29 PM on June 11, 2012  

@jen THANK YOU!!! that is my point!!!!

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mel

Posted at 12:27 PM on June 11, 2012  

Women just do this to stir up trouble. Really mothers….do you really want people to see you feeding your kid?? Mothers that do this in public are just craving the attention…why else would you want to have people watching you??

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Amaryllis

Posted at 11:56 AM on June 11, 2012  

Law or no law, still don’t want to see it. Yuck!

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Kelly

Posted at 11:02 AM on June 11, 2012  

I’m all for breastfeeding. I’ve breastfedmy kids for over
a year each. However, I also know there are ways to be discreet about it. Nursing covers, thin blankets, etc. As strongly as I feel for breastfeeding, I also feel strongly for modesty. Now to the commenter who compared it to peeing on a sidewalk? That just shows your complete ignorance. Breastfeeding is FEEDING YOUR CHILD. It’s offensive to me when I see people eating like pigs out at restaurants, but they have a right to eat, just like babies do. So many people try to turn it into a sexual thing and that’s absolutely disgusting.

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Michelle

Posted at 12:16 PM on June 11, 2012  

No, they have a valid point actually. You people say its “natural” well, so is urinating. If its that much trouble to get to a restroom then bring a bottle. You dont need to be making the rest of the public uncomfortable when there are other places and methods to feeding your child. The problem is that mothers nowadays feel entitled to do this in public, there never was such controversy say 20 years ago because women just didnt do it. We either had a bottle or went to a restroom or some place out of the public viewing.

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Kelsi

Posted at 7:05 PM on June 11, 2012  

Thank you Michelle. My thoughts exactly!

 
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my opinion

Posted at 10:05 AM on June 11, 2012  

i understand that people may want to do that because it’s suppose to be a great bonding thing for you and your child but i don’t think you should be able to do that in public. in public places you have little kids running around and i honestly think that they shouldn’t see that stuff for a long time. and lets be honest, who wants to see that? not me any way. but this is just MY OPINION. but i think that they should make it to where you have to be some where private to breastfeed your kid out in public.

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Ali

Posted at 10:36 AM on June 11, 2012  

IT”S A BOOB!!!! It’s not porn, for God’s sake!! Grow up!

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LittleMo

Posted at 10:44 AM on June 11, 2012  

You should give some thought to growing up yourself. The fact tha there is no pornographic intent is not the point. A bowel movement is a “natural function” too but do you want to see somebody taking a dump on the sidewalk? Or would you rather see somebody, while coming out of your church on Sunday, stop and pee on the steps in front of God and everybody else? There are certain things that, natural or not, should be private and breastfeeding is one of them.

 
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Kelsi

Posted at 10:59 AM on June 11, 2012  

AMEN Littlemo! Couldn’t agree more!

 
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cindy

Posted at 5:56 PM on June 13, 2012  

Littlemo do you eat in a public place? If you do I don’t want to see you eating, so why don’t you take it in a nasty germ filled bathroom or go hide around the corner. A child has the right to eat in public too. Whether it be a bottle or a boob.

 
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Kelsi

Posted at 9:04 PM on June 14, 2012  

When we eat we don’t have our boobs exposed…

 
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my opinion

Posted at 2:28 PM on June 11, 2012  

@ali did you not noticed i expressed my opinon? i’m not against breastfeeding at all, i just think you should do it in a more private place. here’s a good idea, use a breast pump at home then take the bottle with you. i have nothing against it, i just honestly don’t want to see it. i know it’s not porn, i just really don’t want to see it. maybe you should do some growing up yourself and realize people are allowed to express their opinions and thoughts.

 
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Breastfeeding Mom

Posted at 6:46 PM on June 11, 2012  

If you knew anything about breastfeeding you would realize that using a bottle can cause nipple confusion. Not to mention why waste the time to pump and take a bottle when you have a mobile bottle with you at all times. Sorry, but if you breastfeed you have every right to breastfeed wherever you please with or without a cover. If you don’t want to see it then don’t look it’s as simple as that.

 
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Kim

Posted at 7:09 PM on June 11, 2012  

If you don’t like people complaining and judging you than just quit doing it! Simple as THAT!. Whether you have the “right” to or not, you still shouldn’t be doing it! Just like the securiy guard said Indecent exposure. And “nipple confusion”?? Are you flipping kidding me?? LOL!!

 
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