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Mother Kicked Out Of Library In Minnesota For Breastfeeding

Mon, June 11, 2012 9:55am EDT by HL Intern 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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