(CBS NEWS) July 24, 2018 — Two Minnesota women who were confronted at a public pool for breastfeeding say they plan to file a discrimination lawsuit. And over the weekend, dozens of other moms launched their own, special protest outside the pool to support the two women.
Last Wednesday, Stephanie Buchanan and Mary Davis were in the kiddie pool with their children at the Aquatic Center in Mora, about 60 Miles north of Minneapolis. When Buchanan’s three-month-old son, Roman, got hungry, Buchanan started nursing him.
“A patron came up, a lady at the pool, and told me that I needed to cover up,” Buchanan says.
Davis then started breastfeeding her child in solidarity. A pool employee asked them to cover up or move to the locker room. They refused and decided to leave the pool. That’s when a police officer approached them.
“I said ‘Minnesota state law protects me to feed my baby anywhere that I need to,'” Buchanan says. “He said, ‘I understand, and I let the establishment know, but they reserve the right to ask you to leave.'”