Waiting for my son in the lobby of our neighborhood elementary school in Austin Independent School District, I was discreetly nursing my baby when I was told to go to a private conference room. But I know that my right to breastfeed in public is protected by Texas law.
Sec. 165.002. RIGHT TO BREAST-FEED. A
mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which
the mother is authorized to be.
I discovered that the
district did not have a written policy, only a longstanding practice of
doing what was done to me. Why is this a problem? Because simply asking a nursing mother to breastfeed privately implies that she is doing something wrong by breastfeeding publicly.
After months of going through proper channels to get a written policy supporting nursing mothers, the district instead formalized their longstanding practice. I had exhausted my options as a lone mother, so I went public, asking for support. Eventually the discriminatory regulation was rescinded. We were given to understand that a new regulation was forthcoming, but now administration has decided not to bother.
So we're right back where we started, needing a policy to educate, and prevent further discrimination.
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