ETA: I did it! Parking is a nightmare at the Galleria! Nobody hassled me, though. Pic on p. 5
The official nurse in was today. I wanted to go back to the Galleria again but dh was having a fit about it so we compromised and I nursed in at the Woodlands Mall which is closer to us. Here's the pics.At first I was by myself, but then this Momma showed up.
This is Brittany Warfield. She's the mother who started it all when she was kicked out of the Hollister in the Galleria Mall in Houston. :)
Lakeland square mall, (I don't think the pic was labeled with the state). These women are being told by security that they can't sit, but they can stand.
This one is somewhere in Fl.
Willowbrook Mall, NJ
This woman, and her two friends in Concord Mall in Delaware were harrassed by security. Here is a link to the story on them... http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/07/16389791-breast-feeding-moms-say-they-were-harassed-by-security-at-delaware-mall?lite It doesn't look like it's going to be clicky, but if not I'm not sure how to make it clicky...
Actually, while that would be true in many states, like Ca where I live, in Texas the law goes further. She COULD bf in a bar:
Tex. Health Code Ann. § 165.002 (1995) authorizes a woman to breastfeed her child in -->any location.<--
In Ca the law is "any location the mother is otherwise authorized to be." Yay Texas, huh? ;)
If mom and baby are legally allowed in an establishment than she is legally protected while breastfeeding. If the place was a men-only athletic club, she'd be outside her rights. If it was 21 and over bar, she'd be outside her rights. Almost all establishments are open to the public. The mom in the Hollister store could press charges for harassment, at least.
But I'm with you on the store itself. It smells like someone busted a bottle of cheap men's cologne. I always pass by, quickly, and think how awful it would be to work there if you had a sinus headache.
The stores are private companies.. they can make their own rules...and not having a nipple out can be one of them..she could have sat on a sofa in the mall, instead of INSIDE the hollister store, besides who wants to spend that much time in the store? they stink!
Considering that "Under Texas law, moms are allowed to breast-feed in public", how can they say: "The Galleria welcomes and supports a mother's right to breast-feed her child in public. There is no policy at the Galleria that prohibits a mother from breast-feeding wherever she may choose and we strongly encourage our retailers to do the same," Galleria Mall's general manager Greg Noble says.
They strongly encourage their retailers to abide by the LAW? They couldn't legally make a policy prohibiting a mother from breast feeding there. Why do they want a big pat on the back for saying they are complying with the law?
We are doing a nurse-in at all Hollister locations through out the nation as well as the Galleria area. I see many of you moms are from Houston so please come out and join us at the location. Any questions, please direct them towards event page posted below.