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Universal Orlando Staff Harrasses Breastfeeding Mama

November 7, 2007

Security staff at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL threatened to boot a woman from the park for breastfeeding her baby, telling her to cover up or get kicked out.

Universal is reportedly issuing an apology to the offended mama:

“The specific team members involved will also be apologizing to the guest. Our policy is to allow breast feeding in our theme parks and while we provide special, enclosed, air conditioned locations for the comfort of our guests, we do not require guests to use these locations.”

Oh, how nice, Universal “allows” breastfeeding. Perhaps they should brush up on Florida law, which not only explicitly allows breastfeeding, but exempts it from “unnatural and lascivious act” prohibitions, and says a little nipple isn’t going to kill anyone. The law in part:

383.015 Breastfeeding.–The breastfeeding of a baby is an important and basic act of nurture which must be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health and family values, and in furtherance of this goal:

 

(1) A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.

On a related note, some stupid local news station in Florida is polling folks on the question, “Should Women Be Allowed To Breastfeed In Public?” At present, 35% say “no.” Looks like a few more folks need a referral to the state law on this matter.

Thanks to Kat for pointing out the story.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 7, 2007 2:09 pm

    This is actually a huge topic down in Florida, especially in the amusement parks. One of my Usenet groups (rec.arts.disney parks) has had an ongoing fight about public breastfeeding for 14 YEARS.

  2. Magniloquence permalink
    November 7, 2007 4:32 pm

    You know, I read all the stories about this and I still don’t understand what the argument against breastfeeding in public is.

  3. November 7, 2007 4:36 pm

    Mag, I don’t know. I think it’s “for the children.” ;)

  4. Sarah Hart permalink
    November 13, 2008 7:46 am

    For a country that normally provides great facilities for the public, ie, diaper changing facilities in both male/female toilets, family bathrooms etc, I fail to understand why there are no nursing facilities?! With the exception of Babies R Us (hats off to them) I have found nowhere else, especially the parks that provides private facilities for mothers to nurse. I personally don’t have a problem nursing in public, but don’t always want to do it. I am from England and nursing facilities are common in most malls and public places like amusement parks. I feel it is time for authorities to recognise that nursing mothers would like a little privacy and comfort for when we need to feed our babies.

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