Christopher J. Ortiz
The Coloradoan reported Thursday that a woman was asked by
Wal-Mart management to cover herself up or not to breast feed her
baby while waiting in the checkout lane. The store than received
complaints about the incident and the mother received national
attention. She is now going to testify in Denver on behalf of a
bill that would allow mothers to breast feed in public.
We support the right for a woman to breast feed her child but
with respect and common courtesy to the people around her. We don’t
feel Wal-Mart management was out of line in asking the woman to
either cover up or stop breast-feeding her child. We don’t think
breast-feeding is disgusting or dirty, but it is something that
should be done in private or with others in mind, such as covering
up with a blanket.
Right out of a Married With Children episode, the mother is
staging a “nurse-in” outside of the store. Give us a break. There
is a time and place for everything and a checkout lane is not the
right place to breast-feed. The mother could simply plan ahead and
prepare bottles of breast milk before heading out. And we recognize
the fact that mothers cannot always plan ahead, we don’t think it
is too much to ask to use the restrooms, a car or, at the very
least, a blanket.