On April 21, 2017, mom Avery Lane posted a Facebook status update that still rings true for mothers everywhere.
She told the story of how she was breastfeeding her two-month-old at an H&R Block when the manager walked up to her and asked if she could “cover up with a towel or something.” in obvious shock, she responded, “No, but I have a muslin if you would like to cover your face. You must not know Georgia’s breastfeeding laws.”
The post continued to say that the manager then asked her to leave given that he was helping her friend and not her. “So I then called the Military Police so they could come and inform him of them. I’m glad they came and informed him that he could not tell me to leave. Also, one of the MPs told me that there is nothing wrong with a mother breastfeeding her child,” she wrote in the post.
She concluded her post by writing: “I’m only posting this because I hope more moms will stand up to normalize breastfeeding. I refuse to cover my child or nurse in my car.” Along with the status was a photo of her and her child being breastfed.
Lane also posted a YouTube video a few days later on April 23 titled “H&R Block Breastfeeding Drama,” which has over 50,000 views to date. In the nine-minute video, she answered some questions she received from some people who had heard about the incident.
One person asked if she wanted the manager to be fired. “No, I didn’t want anyone to be fired from their job, their source of income,” Lane said. “If anything, I felt like it warranted him to be educated and he was educated when I called the MP so there’s no need for him to be fired because of that.”
“I have no plans on using a cover when I nurse,” Lane added in response to another question asking if she would cover from now on. “I haven’t up until now so I don’t see a need for me to start using one now.” She added that she personally doesn’t care for covers and neither does her little guy, Wilder.
Her husband is her “biggest supporter as far as me nursing openly in public,” she said regarding a question asking what he thought of the whole thing. “[He] doesn’t have an issue with it cause at the end of the day our baby has to eat and he even thinks it’s a little ridiculous that people would feel the need to tell me that I even need a cover when I’m nursing my child.”
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