Another day, another unfortunate story about a mother being forced out of a store after she started breastfeeding her hungry baby. To make matters worse, a store employee told the new mom that it was perfectly fine to nurse her infant.
Wittney Hope was shopping in a Dillard’s store in Chattanooga, Tenn. when her daughter got “really fussy,” she wrote in a Facebook post. Before Wittney began breastfeeding her baby girl, she “searched for a quiet secluded area to nurse [her] child.”
This mom is a force to be reckoned with.
She even checked with a worker to see if it was okay, and the employee nodded in agreement. While Wittney didn’t use a cover up (she used one to prove a point in her Facebook post), she explains that she “discreetly” pulled her shirt down and her daughter’s head covered her lady parts.
Grab your stress ball because things are about to get ridiculous.
Wittney wrote, “The same [employee] then told me I could not ‘do that’ here. She told me I would need to go to the restroom. I was completely shocked as I have never had anyone comment on me breastfeeding in the whole 18 months I have been nursing.”
Feeling frustrated and shocked by what was happening, Wittney filed a formal complaint online.
“I’m sure my hungry child would understand that we have to take a journey to somewhere more secluded where she can eat…NOT,” she wrote.
Interestingly enough, the new mom passed by an interesting advertisement on her way out.
“As we were leaving the store I passed by this advertisement for bras. I mean seriously the lady’s face is not even in this. Why is it acceptable for a giant picture of BOOBS to be on the wall but I can not feed my child?”
Wittney’s post has been shared more than 2,000 times, with other wonderful mothers sharing their experiences and issues with breastfeeding in public. And even though Wittney closed her post with “Pissed off Mommy who will never be shopping at Dillards again,” the store has definitely caught wind of incident.
Cosmo pointed out that the department store commented on Wittney’s status, writing, “Dillard’s strives to create a pleasing and comfortable shopping experience for all our guests at all times. Accordingly, we respect the right of mothers to nurse their children wherever they feel comfortable in doing so.”
Dillard’s added, “Upon becoming aware of this situation, our store manager immediately reached out to our customer and apologized. Our associates have been reminded of our breastfeeding policy.”
Is it too hard to ask that we let moms feed their babies in peace?