The Huffington Post is reporting that mother was asked to leave a Michigan courtroom for nursing her 5-month-old baby.
“Apparently, feeding your child is something to be ashamed of — at least according to one district court judge. Michigan resident and mother of a 5-month-old baby, Natalie Hegedus, was reportedly “called out” for breastfeeding in front of an entire courtroom, leaving her humiliated and in tears.”
“Writing on the community forum, BabyCenter, after the incident, Hegedus said she only brought her son to court in the first place because he had an ear infection. As they were waiting to be called, he got hungry — and so naturally, she decided to feed him.Hegedus says her breasts were fully covered and she was sitting at the back of the courtroom.
When the court bailiff noticed what she was doing, WoodTV reports that he wrote a note to the judge about it. Hegedus was called up, and the judge asked her whether she believed it was appropriate to be breastfeeding in court. She shared her response with WoodTV:
I said, “Considering the fact that my son is hungry, and he’s sick, and the fact that it’s not illegal, I don’t find it inappropriate … And the judge said something to the effect of ‘It’s my court, it’s my decision and I do find it inappropriate.’”
Well if Michigan is a right-to-nurse state, as Georgia is, then I’m pretty sure he can’t tell her she cannot nurse even in HIS courtroom! When are people going to get over this? She’s in the back of courtroom, covered, feeding her sick baby. This judge and everyone else just need to get over it!
What do you think? Is a courtroom a less appropriate place to nurse your baby than the hallway outside the courtroom, where lots of people will be passing you? Should women be able to nurse anywhere they need to? What would the standard be? Why are people so hung up on this?