not what I though it would be like.
I had to take my 4 day old out today when DH and I ran a few errands and at the pharmacy he was getting fussy and I started leaking so I knew he was hungry.
I thought I was being very modest and I'm 90% sure that you can bf in public in GA
I was sitting in the pharmacy waiting room part away from the store part where it was quiet and no one was over there. I was covered with a blanket. I was waiting for my RX to be filled.
and one of the pharasist techs asked me if there was any way I could go to the restroom or to my car.
:( She was really polite about it, but It made me really sad.....I'm just happy that he'd already had enough to be content.
I just wish it had been a better first experience. But I'm happy that he is still going strong. I honestly really enjoy breastfeeding and I love it when DS "holds on", its so dang cute!
Though it did discourage me, today I tried again and it was a great experience.
I also googled GA state law (thanks for all the links as well) and now that I actually know, I feel a lot better about the whole situation. I did call the pharmacy and tell the manager about it and he said no one had had a problem with it before but he would bring it up with all of his employees and offered me a $10 gift card to the store...I was really surprised by how upset he seemed by it. I wasn't rude on the phone or anything.
Again, thank you ladies so much. Be prepared for a TON of questions and post from me. lol
Georgia enacted a law that begins by clarifying the importance of breastfeeding, and states that a mother has a right to breastfeed in public where she is allowed to be with her baby. Previously, the law required that breastfeeding be conducted in a modest manner which was stricken. Georgia allows, but does not require, employers to accommodate breastfeeding mothers when they return to work.
Ga. Code An. § 31-1-9
so yes, it was illegal to ask you to leave. your right to breastfeed in public is protected in GA. :)
Totally legal in GA... in fact, there was a big hubaloo last year in GA about NIP. I would call the store and file a complaint with management. That person SHOULD NOT make nursing mamas (especially newborn mamas) uncomfortable!!!
I hope you sat there and ignored that ignorant person and just focused on your sweet baby!
Whether or not she was polite I would call the store so that all employees are informed that a mother can breastfeed where ever she is entitled to be. thats oneofthose things that are mean or rudeness, masked by nice. If you are asking me to stop breastfeeding, you are being rude no matter how much you try to sugar coat it.I hope it doesnt turn you off from feeding your baby when he needs.
http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/default.asp Section 31, Chapter 1, Article 1, Section 9 :)
Links to Georgia state laws. You have the right to nurse in public, and that pharmacy tech violated that right. Next time, know that you do not need to move, be ashamed, or listen :). I am sorry your first experience was a negative one.
I agree! If we don't complain when this happens, the view of nursing in public will not be changed.
The tech was incorrect to do that, and it's something you can complain to the pharmacy manager about. Indeed, you SHOULD complain about it. Don't be quiet and not make waves... thw world is changed by Uppity Women... so be one!