A Target store nurse-in is reportedly in the works after a breastfeeding mother was harassed in her local Houston store. The woman who's name is Michelle Hickman, sat down to feed her hungry infant son in Target this past November.
While breastfeeding her son, she completely covered herself to keep her breast from being exposed. Unfortunately two ignorant employees made offensive comments and told the mother she would be reported for indecent exposure.
According to SheKnows, Target responded in an ambiguous fashion, which is not surprising for the retail giant. Hickman claims that the representative she spoke with after calling corporate headquarter told her that "women should not walk around flaunting it."
"For guests in our stores, we support the use of fitting rooms for women who wish to breastfeed their babies, even if others are waiting to use the fitting rooms. In addition, guests who choose to breastfeed discreetly in more public areas of the store are welcome to do so without being made to feel uncomfortable."
Sounds like Michelle Hickman was following Target's corporate policy without even knowing it. She was covered and did not even take up a precious fitting room another woman would have needed. For more information on breastfeeding and the law check out La Leche League's resource page.
The absurdity of this incident proves that there are some rather dumb people in the United States -- and employed by Target. If those female associates do not know by now, that not only is breastfeeding far superior to formula feeding, but illegal no where in the U.S. then they need to be re-trained.
Many breastfeeding advocacy groups are enraged and planning to hold a Target store nurse-in. The nationwide nurse-in is scheduled for Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. at every local Target store. Check out theFacebook page for more info.