Breastfeeding in public harassment incident: Cool Beans Coffee Shop in Toms River, NJ mistreated a breastfeeding mother and child earlier this week. A manager approached a breastfeeding mother and asked her to cover herself because feeding her child “deters business”. She even thought it was a good idea to tell the mother that there are things similar to aprons that she could use.
The shop owner deactivated their Facebook account after public outcry.
What’s the breastfeeding in public law in New Jersey?
N.J. Rev. Stat. § 26:4B-4/5 (1997) entitles a mother to breastfeed her baby in any location of a place of public accommodation, resort or amusement wherein the mother is otherwise permitted. Failure to comply with the law may result in a fine. More about the fines for breaking the law.
How can you help?
Does your state have an enforcement provision? If not, contact your state representative and ask for one. Women and children deserve better.
Take a stand
It’s up to everyone to help stop the mistreatment of women and children. If you see a woman bottle-feeding or breastfeeding in public, give her a thumbs up. If you see someone shaming a mom in person or online, making fun of her, asking her to cover up, move, or stop, stand up for what’s right and talk to them. Be respectful but honest. It’s not okay to harass moms for taking care of their children. It’s time to stand up for women, babies, our future.
How does this incident make you feel? Have you ever breastfed at your local coffee shop? What was your experience?
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