Family in Target in Michigan. One month-old baby cries then mother breastfeeds baby.
Simple, right? Happens every day without notice or incident.
Not this time.
The story doesn’t make it clear what happened between two security guards showing up and them calling two police officers. Target corporate headquarters commented, “This specific situation escalated to a point where we were concerned for the safety of our guests, so law enforcement was called.” Maybe the fact that the husband is a Detroit police officer played into it. Target admitted that their employee overreacted.
In the end, the family left, terribly embarrassed and not eager to return to that store. And, Target has to re-educate employees that this is what breasts are for.
This sounds a lot to me like an incident on Air Canada when I’m sure flight attendant #1 then flight attendants #2 and #3 would all have been happy to toss me and my baby out into Lake Ontario because I actually insisted on breastfeeding my screaming baby to calm her.
The problem doesn’t usually end up being with corporate policy in these situations but with misinformed petites généraux. If you dare to breastfeed in public (and you SHOULD!), just be aware of your rights and stay calm if anyone questions you.
Bonus: read the comments on the story on Mom Logic. The judgment are amazing for daring to take a newborn to a store and for daring to breastfeed to the recommended age of two years old. The comparison of breastfeeding in public with peeing in public is just astonishing.