Virginia Nursing Mother Rants On Social Media After Being Shamed For Breastfeeding Child In Church
September 21, 2018 16:09 By Fabiosa
Public breastfeeding has been the elephant in the room for quite some time now. Over the years, women face constant criticism and are tagged as indecent for performing this natural act.
Public breastfeeding is legal, but churches still prohibit it
In the United States of America, public breastfeeding became legal in all her 50 states in July 2018. The bill for women to freely breastfeed passed effectively in Idaho and Utah after these two states refused to come on board for years.
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Despite the law given, women still face backlash for breastfeeding in public places like the church. Several women have fallen victim to this fate, and are not afraid to tell their story. Nirvana Jennette is one of those women.
Jennette was chased out of her church in Georgia for breastfeeding. Worse off, her pastor compared the act to that of a stripper. To this, Jennette staged a ‘Georgia Statewide Nurse-in’ on March 5th to make her voice heard.
Annie Peguero: it’s the latest victim
Just like other women, Annie Peguero suffered this lot at her church in Northern Virginia. According to a Facebook post by Annie, she was asked to leave her seat in church soon after she started breastfeeding her 1-year-old daughter.
The nursing mother felt her rights were violated as the woman who approached her told her she was making men and other churchgoers uncomfortable. This happened at the Summit Church in Springfield, Virginia.
After the distasteful incident, Annie discovered that the church has a policy against women breastfeeding without wearing a cover.
Annie felt hurt at the way she was treated and vowed never to step foot into that church again. Also, she is currently working with a lawyer to get the church to issue a statement and change their policy.
A message of hope to nursing mothers.
With several cases of women facing a backlash, an icon of the church speaks up about public breastfeeding. The Pope of the Catholic church issued a compelling statement saying women should freely breastfeed in churches. In his words,
The ceremony is a little long, someone’s crying because he’s hungry. That’s the way it is. You mothers, go ahead and breastfeed, without fear. Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus.
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Although the Summit church might not be Catholic, we hope that the Pope’s message reaches out to the hearts of churches nationwide and puts an end to this vile act.