Nursing in Public Incident in Burleson, TX

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A mom was harassed for nursing her 2 week old child at a Burleson, Texas Recreation Center, called The Brick. The entire incident was caught on tape.

The video has since gone viral and the City of Burleson’s Facebook page has been inundated with messages from angry breastfeeding supporters. The City’s response is below.


From this thread.
edit: the City’s comment has been removed from the Facebook thread

I’m not entirely sure how a breastfeeding mom infringes upon someone else’s freedom… hmm. This is a perfect example of unsupportive breastfeeding support and also why breastfeeding laws need enforcement clauses to them.

For those wondering, Texas breastfeeding law allows a mom to breastfeed anywhere she is allowed to be: Texas Health Code Ann. § 165.002 (1995) authorizes a woman to breastfeed her child in any location.

Two very ironic things about this incident:
1: it occurred during the second day of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month.
2: this mom had just come from a Big Latch On event.

A list of contact names and numbers for The Brick can be found here.

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11 thoughts on “Nursing in Public Incident in Burleson, TX

  1. Texas state law used to only say that a woman is allowed to breastfeed her child in any location she is authorized to be in, but now it has been updated to:

    Sec. 165.001. Legislative Finding. The legislature finds
    that breast-feeding a baby is an important and basic act of nurture
    that must be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child
    health and family values. In compliance with the breast-feeding
    promotion program established under the federal Child Nutrition Act
    of 1966 (42 U.S.C. Section 1771 et seq.), the legislature
    recognizes breast-feeding as the best method of infant nutrition.
    The legislature intends that all persons be informed of the rights
    of a breast-feeding mother and child and be prohibited from
    interfering with those rights.
    Sec. 165.002. Right to Breast-Feed. (a) A mother is
    entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother
    is otherwise authorized to be. A mother's authority to be in a
    location may not be revoked for the sole reason that she begins to
    breast-feed.
    (b) A person may not interfere with or restrict the right of
    a mother to breast-feed in accordance with this section.

    Oh, but I just noticed: SECTION 5. This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.

    Regardless, since this new wording just expands upon and clarifies the old wording, the City of Burleson is all kinds of wrong here.

    http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/html/HB01706I.htm

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  2. The recreation center erred on its application of the breastfeeding law, when it maintained it had a legal right to intimidate and harass citizens in order to get them to “voluntarily” give up their civil rights. It is very much like empowering bus drivers to stop their buses and demand blacks go stand in the back, in hopes they will give up their civil rights to be seated while whites are standing. Because of the type of error, the law has been amended and the additional language will go into effect on September 13. What the recreation center did is still illegal.

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  3. I think more people should be aware that breast-feeding is a natural and beautiful bonding moment for both mother and baby. Anyone trying to interfere with a breast-feeding mother should be ashamed. These people are the ones that do not understand the importance of breast-feeding. It is this type of response that has many new mothers afraid to breast-feed at all. I proudly breast-fed both of my children with lack of support from many around me. Shame on this woman that tried to discourage what is only natural. I would rather my child see a mother feeding their baby and explain to them what she is doing rather than see a baby hungry and unable to eat because the mother is afraid of being harassed.

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  4. Carole, that is a draft of a bill that never made it out of the Texas House (see TXBFLeg.com for various updates along the way). Sadly, there is no enforcement for the right to breastfeed laws in Texas.

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  5. Can you post a link to information on the amendment to the breastfeeding law? The only amendment I am aware of was HB 1706, which was introduced during the last Congressional session. Unfortunately, this bill did not leave the House of Reps and was never approved to become a law. There is no enforcement in place to the current right to breastfeed law in Texas.

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  6. This was an obvious setup. You can even hear the guy recording it (her husband) state “this is gonna be fun!”. Shame on you for promoting this type of obvious displays to attract attention to their cause.
    I go to this gym and the young lady (Ashley) has always been nothing but courteous and professional. This is a family oriented gym. The “restroom” that she was offered to go into is a very nice lounge and dressing area. I am sure I speak for other mothers everywhere when I say “have some discretion”. There are a lot of things in this life that are natural, beautiful things….but that does not mean we need to put them on display to simply make a point! Down with the Nipple Nazis!
    I applaud Ashley for her professionalism, grace and decorum under fire in this obvious attempt to attract attention.

    Joanna Revis
    Sent from my iPhone

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  7. This was an obvious setup. You can even hear the guy recording it (her husband) state “this is gonna be fun!”. Shame on you for promoting this type of obvious displays to attract attention to their cause.
    I go to this gym and the young lady (Ashley) has always been nothing but courteous and professional. This is a family oriented gym. The “restroom” that she was offered to go into is a very nice lounge and dressing area. I am sure I speak for other mothers everywhere when I say “have some discretion”. There are a lot of things in this life that are natural, beautiful things….but that does not mean we need to put them on display to simply make a point! Down with the Nipple Nazis!
    I applaud Ashley for her professionalism, grace and decorum under fire in this obvious attempt to attract attention.

    Joanna Revis
    Sent from my iPhone

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  8. Really? Nothing would have happened if the worker would have known the laws and wouldn't have even approached the mother. Would you ask an interracial couple to not hold hands? or a gay couple?, or to ask another race not to use the same restroom as another? NO!! These are not acceptable things to ask someone just cause you are uncomfortable. This mother had every right to nurse her child any way she feels comfortable. The city and its attendants have NO RIGHT to ask her to cover cause others are uncomfortable.

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