PSYCHOLOGY

"I Was Completely Shocked." Mother Was Told Not To Breastfeed In Store And Called Out Irony With One Photo

Date July 2, 2018 16:28

There’s absolutely a huge difference between a sexual photo of a woman’s breasts displayed in a shop and a mother breastfeeding in public. Can you guess which one of these is OK and which is inappropriate? We are pretty sure that you can easily answer this question. However, one angry mother shows that the answer is not so obvious for everyone.

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Wittney Hale’s story

Wittney Hale, the mother from Chattanooga, Tennessee, was shopping in Dillard’s when her daughter got really fussy. She tried to find some quiet place to nurse her child and asked an employee of the store if it’s allowed for the baby to eat there. The worker nodded and expressed her permission.

Wittney began to nurse her child. The mother discreetly pulled her shirt down and covered her breast with her daughter’s head. Surprisingly, the same lady who had given the permission came to Wittney and told her she couldn’t “do that” in the shop. She gave her directions to the restroom. The mother recalls the confusing situation:

I was completely shocked as I have never had anyone comment on me breastfeeding in the whole 18 months I have been nursing. I'm sure my hungry child would understand that we have to take a journey to somewhere more secluded where she can eat.

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The controversial subject

Wittney immediately asked for the manager and filed a formal complaint. As the mother and her child were leaving the store, Wittney noticed a very daring advertisement – a poster showing a woman’s breasts in the seductive lingerie. The irony is strong in this one. She decided to take a photo and write a post on Dillard’s Facebook page wondering why the poster with breasts is allowed, whereas feeding the child is forbidden.

People’s reaction

A lot of people supported the mother, including the store itself:

What do you think of the situation? Do you think public breastfeeding should be allowed? If not, why do you think so?

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