Editor’s Note: 48 States have laws related to women breastfeeding in public. But as these two stories below illustrate, there are still instances where women are challenged when they choose to do so. We have updated this post to more accurately reflect the conversation we hope to have.
Two women have recently taken heat for breastfeeding in public. Dawn Holland, a Georgia woman, was breastfeeding her 20-month-old son in a booth near the back of a restaurant when a manager gave her an ultimatum: nurse her baby in the bathroom or leave.
Adrienne Pine is a professor at American University and a single mom. A few weeks ago, she took her infant daughter to her first class of the semester because the child was running a fever and wouldn’t be allowed in daycare. That itself might not have gotten too much notice, but at some point during the class, when her daughter indicated she was hungry, Pine breastfed her without stopping the lecture.