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South Carolina Moms Says Walmart Employees Didn’t Let Her Breastfeed in Public

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Here’s the story from a South Carolina TV station:
(You can watch the video too).
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – A Midlands mother called us about something she says happened at a Richland County Wal-Mart.
Heather Silvis says she felt bullied when Wal-Mart associates told her she could not breastfeed her baby in the store on Two Notch Road.
“I sat down on the bench and put the baby on my lap. I had not even began to nursing when supervisor and four Wal-Mart employees who were standing in the area began to tell me ‘You can’t do that here,’” Silvis said.
Instead, Silvis says employees told her to go into a dressing room.
“Then one of them stood up and pushed my shopping cart with my 21-month-old baby in it and my purse around the corner and I was told, ‘If you want to breast feed, you’re going to have to go in there.’ So I followed my child who was in my shopping cart went into the dressing room and nursed my baby,” Silvis said.
Silvis says she wants an apology from Wal-Mart and hopes she and other mothers don’t have to face this type of discrimination.
State law does allow mothers to breastfeed in public.
Wal-Mart representatives say the dressing room was offered to Silvis as a courtesy and employees did not mean to offend her.



5 Responses to “South Carolina Moms Says Walmart Employees Didn’t Let Her Breastfeed in Public”

South Carolina is my state so I’m glad you posted this. As if I needed ONE MORE reason to boycott Wal-Mart. Apparently teensy glimpses of breasts are offensive, but it’s perfectly acceptable for women to scream at and BEAT their children there. What a class act Wal-Mart is. I hope that mom has the good sense to go somwhere else from now on.

Something similar happened to me at the Target here in Boston (the Boston South Bay location). My baby was crying so I asked an associate where the fitting room was as I wanted to sit and nurse properly (he was still hungry despite having just nursed while I crouched on an empty bottom shelf in the car seat aisle). One of the associates guessed that I wanted to nurse, and immediately said, “You can’t do that here–you have to use the bathroom.” I hunted down the manager, told him they were violating state law, and dragged him over to confront the woman. And also told them their bathrooms were filthy.

The woman this happened to should talk with the police; it is illegal to forcably move a person. Its called “kidnapping.”
Generally, kidnapping occurs when a person, without lawful authority, physically asports (i.e., moves) another person without that other person’s consent, with the intent to use the abduction in connection with some other nefarious objective. . . . Kidnapping occurs when any person is unlawfully and non-consensually asported and held for certain purposes. These purposes include . . . terrorizing or inflicting bodily injury on the victim or a third person. . . .

Very dissapointing story..stories like this make me miss Europe

I have never been approached personally while breastfeeding but I can assure you that if I was, I would report them to the BBB, the news and anyone else I could think of that would take interest. No one would confront a woman bottlefeeding her child – why would someone feel like they had the right to approach me when I am simply feeding my child? Don’t let ignorance discourage you from breastfeeding, ever.

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