It just so happened to be World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7, in case you’re interested), and The Big Latch On is taking place all across the country this week in an attempt to break the world record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously. We’re guessing that the staff at the Burleson Recreation Center didn’t get the message. The staff at the Burleson Recreation Center chose the wrong mama to mess with when they approached Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
A staff member approached Lucy Eades at the Burleson Recreation Center, and told her to either cover up or leave. Lucy was walking around in the facility, feeding her sixteen day old daughter while wearing a tank top, while one of her older children was involved in a dance class at the Rec Center.
“It’s not you. I can tell anybody walking in through the door wearing a sports bra or a bathing suit top that you need to cover up,” said an employee of the Burleson Recreation Center.
Umm, not so fast. Lucy Eades was quick to put the employee in her place.
“I told her, ‘Ma’am it’s state law. I don’t have to cover up, and I’m just feeding my child,'” Eades said. “This is normal — this is what breasts are for,” she said. “And I told her that there are more kids in this lobby right now showing more cleavage and skin than I am nursing. Had she not made a scene, no one would have known, it was that discreet.” Eades added, “I mean the law is there for a reason. It’s there to protect us and we need to make sure we are that voice. We tell them that’s not okay. We can nurse where we need to.”
Lucy’s husband recorded the entire incident on his cell phone, and later uploaded it to the family’s extremely popular (more than 35,000 followers) YouTube channel, for all the world to see. We’re guessing that the employee didn’t think this many people would hear about this incident, that’s for sure!
Lucy’s husband is overheard telling the employee:
“Okay, I’m gonna ask you to stop talking to my wife, that’s what I’m gonna ask you to do,” Eades’ husband can be heard telling the employee. “If you want to do something about it, call the cops, tell them to do it. Otherwise, leave me alone.”
The family left right after the altercation, so they are not sure if police ever showed up. However, another mom was told to cover up or leave when she was breastfeeding her baby outside the center. Both Lucy Eades and the other mom who were asked to leave had both just come from “The Big Latch On” before visiting the rec center.
Later, the City of Burleson had to do some damage control. Here’s the statement that they issued:
“The City of Burleson supports breastfeeding and appreciates recognition of National Breastfeeding Week. The city also supports the law, which states, “A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.” Today, two women were breastfeeding in or near a public entrance to the city’s recreation center where we were hosting a camp for youth ages 5 – 13 in addition to other recreation center patrons. To be respectful of everyone’s rights we asked the women to cover up. There is nothing in the law that prohibits the city from requiring a mother to cover up. We also offered a room in an attempt to be more accommodative. The city did not attempt to prohibit breastfeeding and we fully support the freedom of mothers to breastfeed as long as it doesn’t infringe on someone else’s freedom.”
Sounds like a closed-minded statement to me. What do you think?