Employees at Brentwood Michael’s tell woman to breastfeed outside

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by Sharon Reed / News 4 and Adam McDonald / KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 2 at 11:24 AM

(KMOV) – Employees at a Michael’s store in Brentwood told a woman she had to breastfeed outside after she asked them where she was allowed breastfeed her baby.

“Babies need to be breast-fed on demand,” said Erin O’Reilly, a representative of the St. Louis Breastfeeding Coalition. “We see comments by moms who say they were told by their pastor they can’t breastfeed in church or they were told by a business owner or manager to go to the bathroom and breastfeed.”

Missouri was one of the first states to pass a law allowing breastfeeding in public. A new version of the law, set to go in effect in August, states breastfeeding will not be considered “indecent.”

“We still have some people who are resistant to it, but I guess we are kind of reaching the top of the hill,” O’Reilly said. “We are reaching the last resistance. We don’t want moms to be isolated moms. (They) need to be able to go out and breastfeed in public. It’s the law and the right thing to do.”

Michael’s Corporate Headquarters issued a statement saying this is an isolated incident and the chain has had a policy for years that “customers are welcome to breastfeed or express milk in stores.”

The company also says it “deeply regrets that our company policy was not followed” and the chain has reiterated its policy with all associates at all of its stores.

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