Mom told to stop breastfeeding in school lobby
Here we go again, it's another breastfeeding-in-public debate. This time it's a mom who was waiting in a school lobby for her older child who breastfed her 2 year old in the lobby. The school is not happy.
"The principal told me it was not appropriate for me to be breast-feeding in the office, and that I could either come when no students were there or go to a private location," the mother told the Hillsborough County School Board this week. "I was pretty shocked." The issue escalated from there, with the mother insisting on her right under Florida law to breastfeed in public, and district officials maintaining they could enforce reasonable limits.
One teacher hotly defended the school's position, saying she had to physically block a class of fourth graders from walking past her. I'm having a hard time believing we can't find a middle ground here. Is it really so traumatic for fourth graders to know how babies are fed? The mother, I'm sure, can do so without calling attention to herself. It seems like some maturity is called for.
The school board was already bracing itself for a hot debate over religious holidays and was in no mood to take up such a contentious issue. They threw it back to the staff to come up with a solution. So stay tuned.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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