People need to get over breastfeeding.
And when I say people, I specifically mean a sheriff's deputy who allegedly told a Georgia mom that it's against the law to breastfeed in public.
Wow. Are we still weirded out by seeing a natural bodily function in public?
I don't know why I thought people were better than that.
After her encounter with the officer at the Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Columbus, Georgia, Savannah Shukla posted a powerful message on Facebook.
This photo was taken by another shopper who happened to be a paralegal.
The mom broke down what happened when the officer went up to her as she was breastfeeding her 1-month-old son.
While nursing a Deputy approached me right when I was about to leave and informed that I needed to cover up because someone might find it "offensive"
I don't have kids, but the idea of an officer, or anyone, telling me to cover up because "someone might find it 'offensive'" outrages me.
In her post, Shukla writes what the officer said to her when she told him that it's absolutely not against the law.
[He said:] You just THINK you know what the law says and if your nipple becomes exposed I really don't want to have to arrest you or you be arrested for being offensive. This isn't like the first amendment where you can say something offensive.
The mom knew what the actual law around breastfeeding in public was, though.
The deputy must have been desperately looking for a reason to get this mother in trouble for doing such an "offensive" thing. She writes,
He also pointed out how he could "already see my areola" and that if someone saw my nipple (even if I were trying to cover up) that he would have to arrest me and that he "really didn't want to arrest me". For him to see my areola he would've had to have been staring VERY hard.
Gross on his part. Honestly.
Of course, Shukla's Facebook post following the encounter was met with nothing but support. It was shared over 17,000 times.
The paralegal who snapped the photo and witnessed this entire situation also wrote a post on Facebook where says she was shaking with anger.
When will it stop? When will people stop making women feel weird about something totally natural and also, legal?