Huffington Post – It’s a tale we’ve unfortunately heard many, many, many times before: A mom breastfeeding in public is either asked to stop, to leave or to cover up. This time, when mom Lucy Eades was asked to cover up at a recreation center in Burleson, Texas, her husband caught the exchange on camera. He then uploaded the footage to the family’s popular YouTube channel (you can watch it above). According to local ABC affiliate WFAA, the mom of four was nursing her 16-day-old while her older daughter was in dance class. An employee of the Burleson Recreation Center asked her to cover up, but Eades stood up for her rights and continued to nurse. “It is state law, I can nurse my child with or without a cover,” she said. And, Eades is right: It’s legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 states, and Texas is one of 45 states that have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location. Eventually, dad spoke up too, and the employee walked away. WFAA reports that Eades was the second mom asked to cover up at the recreation center that day.
Later, the City of Burleson released a statement:
The City of Burleson supports breastfeeding and appreciates recognition of National Breastfeeding Week. The city also supports the law, which states, “A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.” Today, two women were breastfeeding in or near a public entrance to the city’s recreation center where we were hosting a camp for youth ages 5 – 13 in addition to other recreation center patrons. To be respectful of everyone’s rights we asked the women to cover up. There is nothing in the law that prohibits the city from requiring a mother to cover up. We also offered a room in an attempt to be more accommodative. The city did not attempt to prohibit breastfeeding and we fully support the freedom of mothers to breastfeed as long as it doesn’t infringe on someone else’s freedom.
There is nobody, and I mean nobody, I hate more on this planet than breastfeeding crusaders. I hate them more than Hondos, Blindos, and unicyclists combined. The only thing that compares to my hatred for these unreasonable assholes are Yankees fans and The One Liner Douchebag from Cubicle Chronicles. Breastfeeding assholes are somewhere in the top 3.
They are the poster child for stirring the pot and creating unnecessary drama. Some restaurant owner asks them politely if they wouldn’t mind putting their big floppy titties away because there are other children in the establishment and all the sudden they act like they are being attacked. Like the restaurant is trying to prevent your child from eating. Like they want your kid to starve to death and they shamed you and shunned you into embarrassment. Like they’re trying to take away your right as a mother to keep your baby alive. They just don’t want a kid openly sucking on your tits because as a society, we have certain standards regarding modesty that makes other people uncomfortable when you fucking do that. They ask you to do it a little more discreetly or provide you with a more private location to breastfeed and all the sudden they think they’re fucking Rosa Parks being put in the back of the bus. Screaming about their rights and the legality of it all. Gimme a goddam break. Making a mountain out of a molehill. Just keep your tits relatively covered up. Thats really not a huge fucking request you dramatic idiots.