ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - Some mothers are mad that a woman was kicked out of a Target store for nursing her baby inside the store.
Wednesday, moms were standing with their babies in a show of solidarity to remind people everywhere, and especially workers at Target, that they have a right to breastfeed anywhere they want, anyway they want.
Five mothers turned out for this so-called Nurse In at the Quaker Crossing Target in Orchard Park. One hundred other Nurse Ins were planned Wednesday at Targets in 35 other states. They were sparked when a Houston mother says she was harassed and humiliated by Target employees when she breastfed her baby on the floor of the women's clothing department. Local mommies who nursed openly in the Target cafe say they had a simple goal in mind.
Maryalice said, "I have twins that I nurse, so I've never covered up and I joke that half of Buffalo has seen my breasts, but I really don't care because it's natural and it's normal and frankly there's other disgusting things in public."
Target would not allow News 4 cameras in the store and has yet to to respond to our request for a statement. But the mothers say, whether it was because of the media attention or not, they were completely left alone by all employees in the store.
Target statement on the nursing controversy:
-As a family-oriented retailer, Target has a long-standing corporate policy that supports breastfeeding in our stores.
- We want everyone to feel comfortable shopping at Target.
- 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 continually educate our team members in stores across the country on store policies to ensure all guests have a great experience.
- Target has been in touch with the store to ensure all team members are aware of our breastfeeding policy.
-Target is proud to support all mothers who breastfeed year-round, including today.
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