This is the mama’s post on a local board:
“I went to my son’s school on Monday. It is Flower Mound high school. I was picking him up and school had been out for 20 minutes and most kids were gone. I asked my son if he remembered to turn in a particular assignment he had previously forgotten to turn in. He said he was going to turn it in the next day, but I told him to take it up to the classroom now and get it there so it does not get forgotten. We walked to the classroom. I had all 5 of my children with me. The teacher was still in there with one other student. My son started digging through his folder for the assignment and the teacher had just had a baby and had a big announcement up with a bunch of pictures so I made small chit chat like telling her the baby was cute, nice name….where did she deliver, ..just ordinary chit chat, while my son was going through the folder. My son then handed her his paper and she started correcting it. I had not planned to stay at all. I had all 5 children with me, the baby had just made a poopoo in his diaper, but I did not want to be rude and cut her off, so we stayed. At this point, there were no other students in there but my own children. Since the baby was fussing so much, I tried to breastfeed him. This is in the classroom with the door shut and only the teacher and my children in there. Eventually, one high schooler came in so I turned to the back of the room so that one student could not see me. He dropped off what he was dropping off and left. Eventually, she finished explaining everything and we left.
Today, I get a call from the principal (and I can see from the caller ID that he had called before) informing me that he found breastfeeding there to be insulting and not appropriate to expose the high schoolers to. He informed me that from now on, I was not welcome in the building and when I arrive, I had to stay in the front office and would be provided with a restroom to breastfeed in private in!! If there is anyone I need to talk to, they would be brought to the front office to visit with me there.
I tried to tell him that in Texas, it is legal for me to breastfeed anywhere and that it is illegal to intimidate someone for breastfeeding, and he told me then get a lawyer if I don’t like it!!!
I got off the phone and have just been bawling. I am angry and humiliated all at once. What would you do?
Oh, and he claimed that he got calls from “many parents” complaining about me. That is sooo bogus! He is completely lying.”
She was banned from her son’s school building, besides the front office and office bathroom, because she nursed her baby. Discreetly, in an almost empty classroom, after school hours. The state of Texas has a law to protect nursing mothers.
Here is the exact law:
Tex. Health & Safety Code § 165.001 et seq.
1995 Tex. ALS 600; 1995 Tex. Gen. Laws 600; 1995 Tex. Ch 600; 1995 Tex. HB 359
Chapter 165. Breast-Feeding
Subchapter A. Breast-Feeding Rights and Policies
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.
Sec. 165.002. Right to Breast-Feed
A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be
Originally, the poster was calling for letters to be written on the mama’s behalf, but since then the Lewisville ISD has released this statment:
“”The Lewisville ISD will fully comply with State law regarding the right of mothers to nurse a baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be. We apologize for any inconvenience our miscommunication may have caused. We will inform all the principals of this law and also the District’s official position.”
I am so appalled by this, on so many levels. Yes, asses were covered, offical appologies were given, the principal will be scolded. But in the meantime, this mother was humiliated and discriminated against for feeding her baby. She went out of her way to be discrete (which, again, why should she have to hide in the corner to nurse, as if she is doing something wrong). This is a big-scale example of the attitudes that many moms deal with on a daily basis when they try to breastfeed in public. The message is clear: it may be the healthiest thing you can do for you and your baby, but it’s shameful, disgusting, and wrong, so do it in the privacy of your own home. Preferably in a closet, with the lights out. Or better yet, the bathroom (since that’s apparently where people feed their babies these days). How is this mom supposed to explain this to her other children? Will they grow up being supportive of breastfeeding? Will they now feel uncomfortable when she tries to nurse in public? I can just imagine the coversations they are having at their house right now.
The principal wouldn’t have even thought to say anything to her if she had been bottle feeding. Of course not, you say, that’s completely different. You say, that’s not the point. That’s exactly the point. The point is that bottle feeding is the accepted norm, the point is that our society still promotes images of bottles but not ones of breastfeeding, the point is that breastfeeding is treated as offensive, shameful, and pornographic. The point is that it’s time to change.
This shouldn’t have ever been allowed to happen.