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Jul 17, 2012

Right On Ladies! I Love Your Signs!

     From the Napa Valley Register:
About two dozen women and their children gathered on the front steps of Napa’s Social Security office Monday morning for a “nurse-in” to raise awareness of their right to breast-feed in public.
Participants were upset that last Tuesday a security officer had told a breast-feeding mom to step outside to feed her baby, said Cherissa Lowgren, a mother who said she witnessed this event.
“I wasn’t even aware of what she was doing,” Lowgren said of the woman named Maria, who had started feeding one of her two children after the girl became fussy.
“The guard tapped her on the shoulder and said, ‘You can’t do that here,’” Lowgren said. “She didn’t speak English, so she looked confused and at the same time, humiliated.” ...
A spokesman for the Social Security Administration, Deogracias Santos, said the security officer was likely unaware of the law protecting breast-feeding. Guards are not employed by the administration, but are contracted through the Department of Homeland Security.
Santos said the administration is using the “unfortunate event” as an opportunity to educate all employees about the law that allows public breast-feeding. He said no one at the administration was notified of the incident when it happened and the woman would have been allowed to nurse inside had it been mentioned.
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  • 5 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    FYI. I work at SS and have not yet been educated about the breast feeding law.

    10:35 AM, July 17, 2012  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Anon 10:35--you should read your Daily PolicyNet emails. An AM or EM mentioned this several months ago.

    11:48 AM, July 17, 2012  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    AM-12046, 04/04/12.

    11:54 AM, July 17, 2012  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I work in an ODAR office and new federal policy provides that employees should be given a private place to pump, but they are not provided one in our office. Yay for the protesters!

    12:59 PM, July 17, 2012  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    We were told today that we, as employees, do not have to look at a stranger's naked breast if it makes us uncomfortable if they whip it out during an interview. We can walk away and come back when they are done.

    Breast feeding can be done with discretion but there is no requirement that anyone cover up.

    Let's just hope that Jonas Falcon doesn't go to an SSA office and set off a metal detector. He make have to have some additional frisking or maybe he'll just whip out his 13" organ.

    10:34 PM, July 18, 2012  

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