Moms rally to end public breastfeeding discrimination

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – They are part of the female body and you can find images of them just about anywhere you turn; pushed up, plumped up, and barely covered.

“Breasts are now sexual objects. They are not what they are originally used for which is obviously to nurture the baby and feed the baby,” said Ruthann Lanosz-Harriss of the Susquehanna Valley Breastfeeding Coalition.

Across the nation Friday, breastfeeding moms held Nurse-Ins at their state capitols to bring attention to public breastfeeding laws and to end public breastfeeding discrimination.

“Pennsylvania actually has very good laws to protect nursing moms. If you are on public property then you are able to feed there, that includes restaurants,” said Crystyn Haun, the Pennsylvania Coordinator of Nationwide Nurse-In.

Haun says although the law protects breastfeeding moms, it does not stop people from staring.

“Many moms get negative comments,” Haun said.

“I was breastfeeding [at a restaurant] and this man said, ‘Oh, you need to look that up and see if it’s public nudity,’ that kind of thing”, Lanosz-Harriss said.

“You can see more breasts going into the mall then you can see breastfeeding, and if you really are seeing something you are really looking too closely and spending too much time looking for it,” Laura Campbell of Lancaster said.

The moms say they just want to do what is best for their babies.

“I want to be able to just feed my baby when he is hungry and not have to worry about having remarks, having stares. I want it to be normal wherever we go,” Haun said.

This was the second annual Nationwide Nurse-In.

Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia have passed laws that protect a mother’s right to breastfeed her child anywhere she is lawfully present. Idaho is the only state without such a law.


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