Burleson 'nurse-in' raises breastfeeding awareness

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Posted on August 10, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 11 at 1:26 PM

BURLESON — A six-second encounter between a Burleson recreation center employee and a nursing mother created a firestorm on social media.

On Saturday, more than 150 people braved the heat to stand up for nursing mothers' rights.

Mothers, fathers and children held signs reading "This baby needs my milk, not your approval" and "I don't eat with a blanket over my head" to protest the Burleson rec center for asking two moms to cover up last week.

One woman's husband videotaped the encounter on his cell phone, which quickly became a YouTube sensation.

That's when other moms got together and planned Saturday's nurse-in.

"This is a problem we have right now," said Kaitlyn Reece. "We're not trying to sexualize anything; we're not trying to boast about it; we're just trying to say this is normal, this is what needs to happen because sometimes you just can't cover up... it's not an option for that child."

The City of Burleson defended the actions of the rec center employee, saying there was a children's camp going on at the time.

But organizers of the nurse-in said the rec center's manager is now planning breastfeeding awareness classes for employees.

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