Nursing one’s child is a completely normal practice. Health professionals recommend that it starts during the first hour of a baby’s life and to continue as often as the baby wants. However, there are still people who are offended by witnessing breastfeeding in public places.
During the first few weeks of a baby’s life, they tend to nurse about every two to three hours, which makes nursing in public inevitable for most mothers. Unfortunately, Avery Lane found herself being criticized for feeding her newborn at an H&R Block.
However, Lane was well aware of her rights and had the perfect response to shut down this man who clearly can’t handle the sight of a mother feeding her child.
Unfortunately, women being shamed for breastfeeding in public is too common of an occurrence and Avery Lane is one of the latest to come forward with her experience.
Lane was visiting a local H&R Block on a military post and was nursing her 2-month-old when the manager came over and rudely asked, “Can you cover up with a towel or something?”
Lane was completely shocked by the inquiry but knew all too well that what she was doing was completely fine and retaliated in the best way possible.
In response to the H&R Block manager, Lane stated, “No but I have a muslin if you would like to cover your face. You must not know Georgia’s breastfeeding laws.”
Georgia, as well as 48 other states, have made it completely legal to breastfeed in public. However, this hasn’t stopped onlookers from rudely chiming in and speaking their minds.
Lane posted an image of herself nursing her child to Facebook and shared her experience at H&R Block to empower other mothers and normalize public nursing.
“He asked me to leave since he was helping my friend and not me,” Lane wrote in the post. “So I then called the Military Police so they could come and inform him of [Georgia’s breastfeeding laws].”
Further putting this manager in his place, the Military Police arrived at the location and reiterated that Lane was doing absolutely nothing wrong.
“I’m glad they came and informed him that he could not tell me to leave,” Lane wrote. “Also one of the MPs told me that there is nothing wrong with a mother breastfeeding her child.”
For someone to criticize a woman and make them feel shame for feeding their child just because they feel uncomfortable with an exposed body part is completely ridiculous. This is something Avery wants to continue to promote with her own story of being shamed.
“I’m only posting this because I hope more moms will stand up to normalize breastfeeding,” Lane wrote on Facebook. “I refuse to cover my child or nurse in my car.”
Avery’s Facebook post has been met with praise from the Internet, receiving over 11,000 shares and over 44,000 reactions.
While Avery has certainly received the Internet’s support, many people still had questions about the incident, which she responded to by posting a follow-up YouTube video to give further details.
Many people inquired whether the manager was fired, but Avery stated that her intentions were never to get anyone to lose their job. “If anything, I think it warranted him to be educated and he was educated when I called the MP so there’s no need for him to be fired because of that.”
Some people wondered if the incident would make her cover up from here on out, but Avery says that she’s adamant on nursing in public whenever she has to and won’t be apologetic about it.
Avery Lane has become a hero to other mothers out there and is just happy to help bring light to an issue that really shouldn’t be one in this day and age.