Breastfeeding mothers harassed during nurse-in protest (video)

Nurse-in protest 
By: Hydar Tomar 

(Scroll down for video) Several nursing mothers said that they were harassed by security officers and police while they were holding a nurse-in protest in a mall in Delaware.

Three mothers who fight for the right to breastfeed in public, said that they were harassed by security guards during breastfeeding in the mall.

Diana Hitchens, Autumne Murray, and Jessica Hitchens, held a "nurse-in" at the Hollister store at the Concord Mall in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday.

The protest was a response to an alleged incident at a shopping center in Houston, Texas, in which a mother said that a Hollister manager banned her from breastfeeding near the store.

According to the Delaware state law, women can breastfeed in public or private.

The mothers carried signs that read: "Hey Hollister, my baby has a right to eat. It's the law" and "normalize breastfeeding in public. Do you eat in public? Then why should our children not eat?"
"We walked around the store and the employees asked if we needed help with anything," Diana Hitchens of Elkton, Maryland said. "We were already breastfeeding while walking into the store," she said.

Moments after the staged sit in, mall security arrived.

“Two security guards approached us,” Murray Autumne of Elkton, Maryland said. “They began to question and ask us why we were showing our breasts and saying that we had to go out or cover it up. We got into a discussion with them about this for a while and then they left,” she added.

When mall security returned, they brought along a Delaware State Police officer who was on routine patrol, state police said.

"He was asking if we were exposing ourselves, saying that the security guards said that we were exposing our breasts and would be expelled from the mall if we do not cover up," Murray said.



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