A mother went viral after totally holding her own against a breastfeeding shamer—and she's opening up about the experience to educate other moms.
When Avery Lane faced a breastfeeding shamer, she went toe-to-toe with him without hesitation. A now-viral Facebook post about the experience detailed what happened when she was approached while nursing her child—and now, the mama is speaking out about the run-in and the reason she handled it the way she did.
"So I was breastfeeding my 2 month old at a H&R Block on a military post when the manager asked me 'Can you cover up with a towel or something?' I was completely shocked so I raised my voice slightly and said 'No but I have a muslin if you would like to cover your face. You must not know Georgia's breastfeeding laws,'" the mother wrote in the original post.
Lane called the military police, and a representative showed up to inform the manager he couldn't ask a breastfeeding mother to leave the scene per Georgia law (which allows moms to breastfeed in any place they're allowed to be with their babies).
"I originally shared my story in a breastfeeding group on Facebook," Lane told Fit Pregnancy. "From there I had members asking me if I could post it on my personal Facebook so that they could share the post. I posted it there because most of the women have head similar things happen to them. But most of the time it's posts saying they ended up going to their car to nurse or cover. I wanted them to see that its ok to stand up for yourself."
Lane's story is an important one—not just because she completely held her own (though we're so impressed by how she handled this whole thing!), but also because it paints a picture of how important it is for mothers to understand their rights. Breastfeeding mothers are unfairly (and unlawfully) policed every single day, and in many cases, the key to combating this might simply involve stating your legal rights.
"I think every breastfeeding mom should be aware of state laws," Lane said. "Also if your state laws don't protect you, look at options for voicing concern about said laws."