Breast-feeding moms hold nurse-in to support woman who was "Targeted". Via Google Images
A Texas woman who claims she was harassed last month while breast-feeding her infant at a Target store in the Houston area received a huge show of support on Wednesday. In cities across the country, breast-feeding moms gathered for public “nurse-ins” to show their solidarity with the mom who feels she was unfairly “Targeted”.
YouTube videos showing mothers nursing their babies in public locations, including a Target eatery, were posted by mothers in many locales around the country.
The “flash mob” style nurse-ins were planned in 35 states in defense of Michelle Hickman, who said she had been breast-feeding her son at a Target store while Christmas shopping when Target employees made her feel uncomfortable.
Hickman told the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday, “I’ve gotten way more support than I imagined.” She participated in a nurse-in outside the Target store where she said she had been made to feel uncomfortable.
Hickman urged other mothers to join local nurse-ins, saying “This is something they can participate in from their own home, their own town. They don’t have to travel with a brand-new infant. They can go to the Target right up the road and support me.”
In a statement Target apparently sent to Houston’s KHOU-TV, they said that “guests who choose to breast-feed in public areas of the store are welcome to do so without being made to feel uncomfortable…Target has been in touch with the store to ensure all team members are aware of our breast-feeding policy.”
Target spokeswoman Stacia Smith sent an email to the Times on Wednesday afternoon saying, “Guests who choose to breastfeed in public areas of the store are welcome to do so without being made to feel uncomfortable. Additionally, we support the use of fitting rooms for women who wish to breastfeed their babies, even if others are waiting to use the fitting rooms…We worked with this guest [Hickman] directly to address her concerns and are sorry any inconvenience it has caused.”
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