Local Connecticut mom Danielle Gendron was asked to leave by a courtroom official for attempting to breastfeed her baby boy. Danielle, a new mom, told her local news station WTNH that she was "shocked" when the court marshal waved her out of the courtroom as soon as began feeding her three-month-old son, Maddox. And that's not even the most ironic part to the story.
Connecticut is one of 45 other states in the US that have passed laws that allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location. So, excuse my French, but what the hell gives? Danielle told WTNH, "I went to feed him and the marshal, just you know she immediately just waved me out. That's never happened to me so I wasn't sure she was speaking to me at first so I kind of looked around and she was like you know get out."
Not to state the obvious here, but don't you think it's just a tiny bit hypocritical of the court to choose not uphold the law the state has sworn in? Danielle said, "It almost make you feel ashamed which is terrible because you shouldn't feel that way." Amen, sister. And to be bullied by other women is one thing — but to be bullied by the court (and by association, your own state)? I'm afraid that's a whole 'nother issue.
The silver lining is that when WTNH followed up on the story, a spokeswoman for the court marshals said that the marshal in question (who kicked Danielle out) was in error — and that the state law was reiterated to that marshal as well as all the other marshals in the courthouse and across the state.
Do you think nursing moms should be asked to leave public places?