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Watch This Breastfeeding Mom Righteously School Woman Who Tells Her To Cover Up

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Concerned citizens who make it their business to tell breastfeeding ladies to cover up, stop, or take their breasts elsewhere need to fear women like Lucy Eades. When the mother of four and World Breastfeeding Week event attendee was told to cover up at Burleson Recreation Center in Texas, she properly schooled the employee on her breastfeeding rights and kept right on nursing. As she should.

The confrontation between Lucy and an albeit seemingly polite employee, who was concerned about the “decency” in the dance studio, was captured by Lucy’s husband. The young woman makes her case on the cell phone video:

Cue Lucy citing her rights:

“Ma’am it’s state law. I don’t have to cover up, and I’m just feeding my child.'”

Damn straight it’s state law. Also keep in mind that Lucy was breastfeeding her 16-DAY-old infant daughter while attending a dance class for her older daughter. It was apparently over a 100 degrees out there in the Texan heat. According to the Burleson Recreation Center employee, the other children who present were their concern. Children, reportedly between the ages of five and 13 were present, made Burleson Rec more inclined to err on the side of “everyone’s rights” — whatever that means — rather than state breastfeeding rights.

Lucy told a local news outlet:

“This is normal — this is what breasts are for,” she said. “And I told her that there are more kids in this lobby right now showing more cleavage and skin than I am nursing. Had she not made a scene, no one would have known, it was that discreet.”

Eades added, “I mean the law is there for a reason. It’s there to protect us and we need to make sure we are that voice. We tell them that’s not okay. We can nurse where we need to.”

The same employee reportedly also gave Lucy’s friend, another nursing mom of a 4-month-old, a hard time for breastfeeding “minutes earlier.” Outside, in that obscene heat, by the entrance, Ashley Kubacki was breastfeeding her son:

“I walked up, and was nursing him, just because it’s 100 degrees outside, and trying to cover his face and entire body, trying to nurse for such a short period of time — it’s way too hot to do that,” she said. “It’s not fair or realistic.”

Burleson Recreation Center responded:

“The City of Burleson supports breastfeeding and appreciates recognition of National Breastfeeding Week. The city also supports the law, which states, “A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.” Today, two women were breastfeeding in or near a public entrance to the city’s recreation center where we were hosting a camp for youth ages 5 – 13 in addition to other recreation center patrons. To be respectful of everyone’s rights we asked the women to cover up. There is nothing in the law that prohibits the city from requiring a mother to cover up. We also offered a room in an attempt to be more accommodative. The city did not attempt to prohibit breastfeeding and we fully support the freedom of mothers to breastfeed as long as it doesn’t infringe on someone else’s freedom.”

In the comments of the original reporting, Lucy adds that she was offered an alternative, sort of:

Watch This Breastfeeding Mom Righteously School Woman Who Tells Her To Cover Up  Screen Shot 2013 08 09 at 11 58 53 AM pngBut the BEST part is when Lucy’s husband/cinematographer of this truly awesome moment steps in himself:

“Okay, I’m gonna ask you to stop talking to my wife, that’s what I’m gonna ask you to do,” Eades’ husband can be heard telling the employee. “If you want to do something about it, call the cops, tell them to do it. Otherwise, leave me alone.”

End scene.

Predictably, the mother’s Facebook is now home to your usual “EWWW BOOBS THAT AREN’T IN A VICTORIA’S SECRET AD” commentary:

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Watch This Breastfeeding Mom Righteously School Woman Who Tells Her To Cover Up  Screen Shot 2013 08 09 at 12 08 56 PM png“Breast is best!”….until you’ve actually dared to leave your house, forgot a coverup, and have a 16-day-old baby to feed.

(photo: rollenran)

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