NY Mom Was Shamed For Nursing By Her Daughter's Doctor, Her Sharp Response Has Gone Viral
Breastfeeding in public places is legal in all 50 U.S. states. However, some people still equate it to indecent exposure and shame moms for nursing in public. But what are the moms supposed to do?
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Tiffany Elliott, a mom living in Irondequoit, New York, took her five-year-old daughter to the dentist. She also brought her 9-month-old with her.
As the dentist (who is a woman, by the way) asked Tiffany questions about her 5-year-old, the baby started to get fussy. Tiffany started feeding her, and she was doing it quite discreetly, she wrote in a now-viral Facebook post.
Then, according to Tiffany, the dentist said the sight made her uncomfortable and asked her to stop. Her words offended the mom and she asked to speak to the manager. The manager did not apologize and defended the doctor’s words, Tiffany wrote.
The mom was so upset she started crying. She and her two daughters immediately left the clinic.
Tiffany took to Facebook to vent, and her post about the incident has gone viral. It has garnered hundreds of supportive comments; here are some of them:
ABC affiliate 13WHAM asked Dr. Mike Wilson, the owner of the clinic, for comment. He said the mom misunderstood the doctor’s words and overreacted:
Dr. Craig was going to say, ‘this makes me uncomfortable and I'm going to leave the room’. What she was able to get out was, ‘this makes me uncomfortable’ and mom got very upset. She was not saying, ‘you're not allowed to breastfeed your baby.’
Dr. Wilson apologized on behalf of the clinic and promised to organize breastfeeding awareness training for his staff.
Cases like Tiffany’s happen often. In one recent incident, a Kentucky mom named Sadie Jackson Durbin was told to “cover up” when nursing her baby daughter at a restaurant.
Kelly Stanley, a young mom from Tennessee, also knows what it’s like to be shamed for breastfeeding at a restaurant. She even had a napkin thrown in her face!
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Will these incidents ever stop?