The movement to normalize breastfeeding has been making progress over the past few years, but there’s still a long way to go. The criticism directed towards mothers who breastfeed in public isn’t only experienced by us commoners; in fact, celebrities have dealt with some of the same disapproval for being pro-breastfeeding. And although some brave mommas taking a stand have been celebrated, that celebration often comes as a result of extreme humiliation.
Some people just aren’t too keen about moms having the right to nurse their babies in public. And, as seen on People, a Georgia mom dealt with her some extreme — and even threatening — criticism from a police officer while feeding her one-month-old in public.
Savannah Skula’s newborn got a little cranky while grocery shopping in a Columbus Piggly Wiggly, and as Savannah began nursing her newborn son, a sheriff’s deputy threatened to arrest her for indecent exposure. Bravely, the mom of two stood up for herself, letting the officer know that her right to breastfeed in public was protected by Georgia law. Another shopper, who just happened to be a paralegal, backed up Savannah and snapped a picture of the mom’s interaction.
Later in evening, Savannah took to Facebook to share her experience and was met with overwhelming support from friends and neighbors.
Sheriff John Darr of the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office caught wind of the incident and wrote his own Facebook message, apologizing to Savannah and letting the public know that his office condemns the officer’s behavior.
Thankful for Sheriff Darr’s support, Savannah met with the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office to talk about the embarrassing event. She decided to stick to her guns and do what’s right, filing a formal complaint on the officer at fault to ensure that this doesn’t happen to anyone else.