Two Minnesota mothers are fighting back after they say they were discriminated against for breastfeeding at a pool.
According to WCCO, Stephanie Buchanan and her sister-in-law, Mary Davis, were at the Mora Aquatic Center with six children when Buchanan’s 3-month-old son started getting fussy because he was hungry.
“There’s not really a choice sometimes,” Buchanan said. “So, I was wearing a one-piece swimsuit, slipped my strap down and just fed him.”
Davis also breastfed her baby in the wading area of the pool, and the women’s actions drew attention from other guests.
“A patron came up — a lady at the pool — and old me I needed to cover up because her sons were swimming,” Buchanan told WCCO.
She said she was then approached by a staff member who asked both women to either cover up or go to the locker rooms. Both Davis and Buchanan refused, saying it wasn’t safe for their other children.
“The reason I didn’t get out of the fool to breastfeed is my kids,” Davis explained. “I gotta watch my kids.”
Someone at the aquatic center called the police, and when officers showed up, Buchanan and Davis decided to take their children and leave. Now, the two women are filing discrimination charges against the city and the county.
According to WCCO, Minnesota state law allows mothers to breastfeed “in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.”
Since posting about the ordeal on Facebook, Buchanan and Davis have received an outpouring of support. A nurse-in at the pool has even been planned.
“We just don’t want any other mom to feel that she needs to cover up,” Davis said.