- Also, if anyone can get in touch with the mother, the FIrstRight task force would be a good
place for her to get some assistance in taking her complaint further. I'm just coming out of 2
weeks of a house full of strep and stomach bugs so I can't do the hunting right now on my
own but wanted to put that out there. This story is so infuriating. -Jenny Claire
- WOW! How can they get away with that! I too had a bad experience at
WalMart (Lewis Center, Ohio). I was in the back near layaway when my
newborn decided he wanted to nurse. I sat down by the telephone
which was behind some boxes actually. No one was even paying
attention to me until a store employee happen to come around the
corner. All of the sudden I heard her shout, "oh my God she is
breastfeeding her baby! Hurry someone get some blankets!" She then
ran out into the store, came back with a blanket from somewhere and
threw it over me. Now... let me tell you... I hadn't brought a
blanket in but my son is my eigth breastfed child and even without a
blanket I was very well covered. I am an expert by now. I was so
upset with that women. However, the store did offer appologies and
the woman was repremanded.
--- In email@example.com, "Nicki Heskin" <egroups@...> wrote:
> Thanks for the heads up on this. Oddly, I haven't seen it anywhere
> in my online breastfeeding groups. But I researched some other
> this, and just posted my thoughts on this incident at my
> resource site and forum, and am spreading the word to my cyber-
> REALLY ticks me off... I'd go ballistic if someone walked off with
> with my older child!
> My article - http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art14754.asp
> Nicki >:-(
> I'm the Breastfeeding Writer/Editor at BellaOnline!
> Check out my articles on breastfeeding at
> Visit and participate in the Breastfeeding Forum at
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
> Of Ellen Baumann
> Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 1:46 PM
> To: FirstRight_Task_Force@yahoogroups.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [lactivism] Wal-mart
> Woman says she felt bullied while breastfeeding at Wal-Mart
> Posted: Nov 11, 2008 04:10 PM
> Updated: Nov 11, 2008 05:55 PM
> COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Midlands mother called us about something she
> says happened at a Richland County Wal-Mart.
> Heather Silvis says she felt bullied when Wal-Mart associates told
> she could not breastfeed her baby in the store on Two Notch Road.
> "I sat down on the bench and put the baby on my lap. I had not even
> began to nursing when supervisor and four Wal-Mart employees who
> standing in the area began to tell me 'You can't do that here,'"
> Silvis said.
> Instead, Silvis says employees told her to go into a dressing room.
> "Then one of them stood up and pushed my shopping cart with my
> 21-month-old baby in it and my purse around the corner and I was
> 'If you want to breast feed, you're going to have to go in there.'
> I followed my child who was in my shopping cart went into the
> room and nursed my baby," Silvis said.
> Silvis says she wants an apology from Wal-Mart and hopes she and
> mothers don't have to face this type of discrimination.
> State law does allow mothers to breastfeed in public.
> Wal-Mart representatives say the dressing room was offered to Silvis
> as a courtesy and employees did not mean to offend her.
> Reported by Jasmin Guerrero
> Ellen M. Baumann
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