Another dawn, another day that a breastfeeding mother is publicly shamed for feeding her child.
This time, Mobile, AL resident Jeanna Harris was asked to leave court because she was nursing her 3-month-old. She told WKRG-TV that court officials told her to move to a different room at the request of other people present.
"He asked me to leave on my own or he would escort me out," Harris told the news outlet. “It was embarrassing.”
It's legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 states, but what's more: Alabama is one of 45 states that have laws specifically allowing mothers to breastfeed in any public or private location. However, Harris explained that the officials believe they broke no laws, because they provided another room for her. Harris plans on meeting with an attorney about the issue.
While court is usually a place where laws are upheld and enforced, other breastfeeding moms have had experiences similar to Harris'. In December, Connecticut mom Danielle Gendron was asked to leave court for breastfeeding her then 3-month-old son. And last October, a Missouri court threatened a woman with contempt of court after she explained she couldn't make jury duty unless she could breastfeed there.
And that's why we declare blogger Katharine McKinney's post, "If You Don't Support Breastfeeding in Public, You Don't Support Breastfeeding," required reading for all.