Nursing Mom To Hold Nurse-In At Frederick Mall After Incident

10:32 PM, Jun 2, 2010   |    comments
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FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) - "I'm an attorney and I know what my rights are, but I was still shaking I was so upset," said Ann-Marie Luciano about the treatment she received at Francis Scott Key Mall last week.

She was nursing her three-month-old baby on a bench near the play area when a mall customer service representative told her to move.

"She asked me, 'Did you know there's a private nursing area over there?' I said, 'No, I didn't, but I'm OK here,'" said Luciano.

Then, the woman asked her to cover up.

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"She said, 'I'm uncomfortable, because I can see your breast,' and I told her she could cover her head, but I wasn't covering my baby,'" said Luciano.

That wasn't the end of it. A mother with two kids asked her to do the same. Luciano said the mother said her son was wondering why she was putting her 'boob' in her baby's mouth. Luciano said she told her, "Tell your son that I'm just feeding my baby, the natural way, the way mothers have done for thousands of years."

A female security guard then came up and asked Luciano to move or cover up, telling her she had to because it was private property.

Luciano is a lawyer and knows Maryland law says women have a right to nurse on public or private property.

"It's a sad state of affairs when women are made to feel like they're doing something wrong feeding their babies, that it's something to be ashamed of. It's sad we even need a law to let us feed our babies," said Luciano.

Luciano is organizing a nurse-in, where mothers are asked to come and nurse their babies, Saturday, June 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Luciano says it will be held around the play area where the incident happened. She's hoping to increase awareness of the law.

Christina Steinbrenner, Group Marketing Director for the mall, called the incident isolated and said, "We're using this as a great opportunity to educate our staff about Maryland law. We welcome nursing mothers anywhere at anytime."

Written by Peggy Fox
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