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Women Stage "Nurse-in" at Napa Social Security Office.Standing Up For Their Rights or Overkill?

According to the Napa Valley Register, over 20 women were protesting an incident that occurred last week at the Social Security office.

In what appeared to be a response to a security guard's actions last Tuesday, around 20 women exercised their right to nurse their children at a federal building by holding a "nurse-in" at the Napa Social Security Office on Monday, according to the Napa Valley Register.  

A security guard at the office last Tuesday, according to the Register, "told a breast-feeding mom to step outside to feed her baby, said Cherissa Lowgren, a mother who said she witnessed this event."

Deogracias Santos, a spokesman for the Social Security Administration, told the Register that the security officer might not have known of the law that allows women to breast feed on federal grounds.

What do you think? Do you think the "nurse-in" was a bit of a reach or a perfect reaction to last week's incident? Do you think the incident with the security guard could have easily been avoided? Tell us in the comments!

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Tony Cantero July 17, 2012 at 06:03 AM
The issue here is training; the guard was not aware women have a right to breast feed their infant. These guards are suppose to know the law and to recognize when a criminal violation had taken place. So the guard believed breast feeding an infant is a violation of the law. Perhaps a written test to gauge guards' legal knowledge is needed to screen out guards who don't know the law.
Derry July 17, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Regardless of legality, and I have NO idea why the government deems it necessary to "legalize" a perfectly natural human function, had the register printed any photos of a woman actually breast-feeding her child, there would have been an uproar. This country is truly hypocritical about the female body. Just the reference to legality implies that somewhere in this country, it is actually ILLEGAL to feed a child in public. That sound you hear is my mind boggling.
Tony Cantero July 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM
yes, its necessary to have it written in law that women have the right to breast feed their child in public. Religious right-wing claim "indecent exposure" and actually called 911 to report the incident.
jennifer July 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Awesome!
Elin Searfoss July 23, 2012 at 03:14 AM
I hope women do nurse-ins whenever this happens! Awareness obviously needs to be raised one way or another, and this was a sweet way to go about it.

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