Rhonda B. is none too pleased with her local mall for giving her the boot because she was breastfeeding. She says security workers at Fairfield Commons Mall in Beavercreek, OH, told her other shoppers had complained that she was feeding her two-month-old daughter and she’d have to leave.
Rhonda related her store to the local news, saying she was told, “ma’am you are not allowed to breastfeed in public inside the mall.” When Rhonda retorted that she’s allowed to breastfeed anywhere, the officer called for back up and she was again, told to leave, as it was a private facility.
The mall issued a statement to 2 NEWS on Monday about Sunday’s incident, which read: “The Mall at Fairfield Commons fully supports mothers with infants. Yesterday we did receive several complaints from shoppers regarding a mother being overexposed while breastfeeding in a common area. We spoke with the mother, shared those concerns and offered the use of our family restrooms. At no time was she asked to leave our property.”
Rhonda maintains that it is her legal right to breastfeed in any public space, and she’s planning a “nurse-in” breastfeeding protest at the mall.
Breastfeeding mom mad at mall [WDTN.com]