PSYCHOLOGY

Virginia Mom Was Shamed By Security For Nursing In The Mall, And The Video She Posted In Response Went Viral

Date June 27, 2018 16:52

Every time the subject of breastfeeding in public comes up somewhere on the internet, a firestorm ensues. Some people come to the defense of both covered and uncovered breastfeeding, while others find it offensive, regardless of how a woman does it. Anyway, mothers have the legal right to breastfeed their babies in public places.

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One young mother from Virginia tried to breastfeed her hungry baby and was told off by a security guard at the mall. She caught part of the incident on camera and shared it on Facebook.

Ashley Cooper was at the mall with her husband and two young daughters to see the Easter Bunny. Ashley’s younger daughter, who was 8 months old at the time, started screaming. The mother knew her infant wants to feed, and she gave her the breast.

That’s when a security guard approached her and told her to stop what she was doing and go to the nursing room (which was occupied, as Ashley told in the video). Ashley refused to comply and explained to the guard that it’s her right to feed her baby (which she was doing very discretely).

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The guard was confused and went to call her colleague. While the guard was away, a kind stranger approached Ashley and asked what was happening. In the video, you can hear Ashley describing the incident and the stranger’s words of support.

Ashley’s husband also wasn’t happy about this whole situation, and the family went to complain to the mall management. As Ashley wrote in the Facebook post, the women apologized for the distress:

We then went down to guest services to speak with mall management. The women behind the counter were very apologetic and kind. They offered apologies and train tickets for my family to take a ride (my 3 year old loves the train).

But Ashley was still upset about the guard’s behavior:

I hold no grudge toward the mall and will continue to shop and nurse there. I hold no ill-will toward the security guard - she thought she was doing her job... I am frustrated that she thought nursing women aren't allowed to feed their babies in public. I am frustrated with the lack of training and education regarding nursing mother’s rights.

Short Pump Town Center has apologized and has pledged that they are going to incorporate the laws regarding rights of breastfeeding mothers to their security training.

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Do you think the guard’s actions were justified, and the nursing mother overreacted? Or Ashley was right to stand her ground? Share your opinion in the comments!

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