Breastfeeding incident: A mother was told by Sam’s Club that they she could not print photos of her child nursing. Only after getting angry with them did they print the photos, but told her they would not do it again. Here is Jerrika Aiken’s comment on Sam’s Club Facebook page wall last month, during National Breastfeeding Awareness Month:
I reported this incident on August 19th and SheKnows picked up the story and interviewed the mother. Read more about her thoughts about what happened there. Jerrika did respond with this little note about how Sam’s Club has responded to her on my post, “I am in contact with them. Well kinda. I posted on their FB page too where they responded asking for a PM with my contact info, etc but have yet to hear back. We shall see. Thank you all for the support.”
What is the breastfeeding law in Alabama?
Ala. Code § 22-1-13 allows a mother to breastfeed her child in any public or private location. (2006 Ala. Acts, Act 526; HB 351) Many other states in the US specifically state that breastfeeding is not obscene or lewd and mother’s are protected from nudity offenses, public indency charges. Why? Because breastfeeding is necessary to the survival of our species and it’s just a baby eating, a mother comforting and loving her child. The Alabama Department of Health encourages breastfeeding, stating “Research has shown that breast milk is the best food for baby’s first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many health, nutritional, and economical benefits to mother and baby.”
Why is Sam’s mistreatment of Jerrika Aiken a big deal?
The oppression of and discrimination of women for merely breastfeeding their children and wanting to save and share those memories is wrong. Breastfeeding is not indecent or nudity in the eyes if the law. Walmart did the same thing last year to an Alberta mother and had to apologize. If Facebook welcomes breastfeeding photos, so should Sam’s Club.
How can you help?
Tell Sam’s Club that this mistreatment of breastfeeding mothers for wanting to save their memories is unacceptable. Ask what their policy is and if all employees have been notified of this incident and how to react in the future to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
- Sam’s Club
2101 S.E. Simple Savings Drive
Bentonville, AR 72716-0745
- By email: Click here
- By telephone: 888-746-7726
- Twitter @SamsClub
What do you think of the Sam’s Club employee’s actions? How should corporate respond?
**Update 9.2.2014 11:02am**
I received this response from Sam’s Club on Twitter.
I hope they did actually send a memo to all of their stores. I have not heard back. What do you think of their response?
I just heard back from Sam’s on Twitter. “Our Clubs are aware of our policies on the matter and are prepared to follow them. Thanks!”
- Breastfeeding support in Alabama: LLL & ABC
- Search my archives for recent nursing in public incidents
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- What’s So Hard About Covering Up to Breastfeed in Public? - Motherhood and More
- I Was Harassed for Nursing in Public (NIP) what do I do? - Best for Babes
- 50 Reasons for Breastfeeding Anytime, Anywhere – PhD in Parenting
- Every argument against NIP debunked – Paa.la
- The Pope Supports Breastfeeding in Public – Paa.la