Theresa Phillips recently became a lightening rod for the pro-breastfeeding camp after she was chastised and forced to move to a private room to nurse her infant child when visiting her older daughter's elementary school in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The mother of two is now speaking out and has organized a family friendly nurse-in on the Kiva Elementary School campus as a way to protest the injustice she felt was handed down by the school's administration.
Phillips has created a Facebook page for the "Kiva Elementary Family Friendly Nurse-In," where she has provided key information as to what happened on that fateful day in Scottsdale:
"On April fourth, Kiva Elementary's Assistant Principal Matt Gromek attempted to usher a breastfeeding mother and her 9 week old infant into an unknown private area with administrators. When she refused to go with them, they performed a Semi Modified Lockdown drill, ending recess minutes after it had begun. They stated, and later Scottsdale Unified School District affirmed, that they are committed to interjecting themselves and personal beliefs into the relationship of a mother and son during the intimate and precious moments of breastfeeding. They later categorized breastfeeding with other indecent acts that one should not do in the presence of young children."
The nurse-in is mostly in response to a statement released by the Scottsdale Unified School District saying Gromek and other school officials offered Phillips a private space to continue nursing her child before the mother became upset and filmed the incident:
"While we as adults understand the important connection and health benefits realized for mother and child through this form of nourishment, we also realize some parents may not wish to have their children exposed to breastfeeding and to be filmed by an unknown adult at school without their prior permission."
In the Facebook Post, Phillips writes, "Nursing our children is safe and witnessing breastfeeding is even safer. Let's let the world know we know our rightful place as well as our rights!"
And Phillips has a point regarding her right to breastfeed in public, at least in the State of Arizona.
According to a fact sheet released by the Arizona Department of Health Services, mothers can breastfeed wherever they feel comfortable and are not required by law to cover themselves while doing so.
"If you are in public and asked to stop breastfeeding, ask for the supervisor or manager in charge," the sheet reads. "Some people are uninformed, but the manager should be able to educate the employee."
Well, it looks like that's exactly what Phillips and her army of supporters are aiming to do with the upcoming rally.
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