Breast Feeding in Public

By: John Charlton Email
By: John Charlton Email

Demian Pritchard is all done with breast-feeding, but the 40-year old college professor hasn't given up on teaching a pair of retail outlets about Connecticut law on breast-feeding.
I'm definitely trying to make a point.
The point is, Pritchard says, store clerks and managers should know a mother can breast-feed wherever and whenever she wants. At West Farms mall last November, while breast-feeding her one year old, she says a pair of security officers told her to stop.
More recently, in June, when her son was 18-months old, Pritchard says the same demand came from an assistant manager at the "Motherhood Maternity" outlet in Westbrook.
"I said are you kidding, in a maternity store you're worried that my breast-feeding is going to offend somebody?"
Offended herself, Pritchard says she later received an apology from the store, but what she really expects is a written apology from the assistant manager, as well as a research report on breast-feeding and a woman's right to do it.
Pritchard wants the same from the two security officers at West Farms. Those assignments have yet to be turned in.
"They didn't write me so I'm going to actually turn them in, and they've done something illegal."
Pritchard is about to file a complaint with the state, which will actually coincide with breastfeeding awareness month announced today at the state capital.
"it's unfortunate that ignorance is still out there, we need and still have a lot more work to do to educate the public."
And educating those retail workers, Pritchard says, is what she intended to do.
"I am an individual who takes action when I feel that I've been wronged, and who likes to teach lessons, I'm a teacher."
This lesson, according to the law, could lead to a month's detention, in jail -- as well as a hundred dollar fine.

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