That Storeowner Who Just Kicked You Out For Breastfeeding Is Officially Breaking Seattle Law

Lactivists unite! The snide business owner who just asked you to take your public breastfeeding elsewhere is engaging in a civic crime, according to some very mommy-friendly legislation out of Seattle. The new bill, which will be signed into law, applies to all open areas, including but not limited to libraries, movie theatres, restaurants, doctor’s offices, cafes — you get the idea.

The Washington Post reports that it is already illegal to discriminate against public breastfeeding, but that this new measure specifically prevents business owners and “other entities” from asking mothers to stop nursing, take their feeding elsewhere, or even cover up.  And that’s just part of your protected civil rights, ladies:

The council unanimously approved a measure that adds a mother’s right to breastfeed her child to a list of protected civil rights, such as race, color, disability and religion — allowing the city’s office of civil rights to enforce the law and educate the public about the issue.

Councilman Bruce Harrell, who sponsored the bill, told the Post that this initiative was conceived from the benefits of breastfeeding — a practice that he’d  like to see more tolerance for:

“The bottom line is, it’s a health issue for our community…It’s very clear the benefits of breastfeeding. What we want to do is move the needle in terms of community acceptance of breastfeeding by having our local civil office of rights enforcing the law.”

Rachel Schwartz, manager of the advocacy group Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington, said that this measure isn’t about necessarily making it doubly, triply illegal to tell a breastfeeding mother that her actions are the equivalent of indecent exposure.  This new law will simply make it easier to enforce the overarching legality of protecting breastfeeding moms by addressing businesses.

So happy spring Seattle mothers! Grab the baby and head outside with a nursing tent — or better yet, leave the tent at home.

(photo: Agnieszka Guzowska/ Shutterstock)

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  • Marissa

    YES!!! ^_^

  • enonoid

    Look,.,. its a miracle on its own that it does work…..

    But you mention “that store owner”

    You are out shopping with your kid.
    And your kid gets hungry.
    Instead of going home, or feed him in advance.
    You decide that you will go into a Store Like wallmarkt and just sit there breast feeding your kid ??

    Now.. you could just put some breastmilk in a can to feed your baby in public.

    Now you know when you are sitting there feeding your kid that alot of people are looking at you. And you know that you will offend alot of people.
    Why do you still do it, and not prepare some milk in a can for the kid.

    The other thing.. and it may be a different thing. but…

    girls sits there in a store and tskes her top of and walks around topless.
    ( store manager comes up and asks her to dress up )
    girl sits there and takes her top off, but she is going to feed her kid.

    Why is that different..

    I dont wash my dick in public every time i get an itch.

  • sma

    Either it’s always acceptable to have your breasts exposed, or it never is. I’m willing to bet that breastfeeding mothers don’t want me walking around with my ta-tas out in front of their children, despite the fact that, of course, it’s nonsexual in nature. Shouldn’t be able to have it both ways.