She was shopping at Target when mommy duties called. Her newborn suddenly became hungry and needed to be fed.
Jessie Maher from Canton, Connecticut, sat down and began breastfeeding. It wasnt long before another customer decided to be offended by her natural actions. It got to the point of the man actually berating the mother for her breastfeeding. She captured the incident on her phone, including the response that Target employees had.
Anybody know this asshole who verbally assaulted me in target this morning while I was breastfeeding my baby?
Before the video started rolling he looked at me and said (very angrily), cant you do that somewhere else? Thats fucking disgusting. You are nasty. He said a few other things under his breath.
I responded with, I am feeding my baby, and I have the right to do it here walk the fuck away leave me the fuck alone.’
He responded with, (as hes walking closer and closer to me and getting louder) you are fucking disgusting you are fucking disgusting you are fucking disgusting you whore. He said a bunch more bullshit that I can not remember by this point EVERYONE came to my defense! Target staff and shoppers. Then I started rolling the camera.
Watch the video below:
Pretty incredible, and extremely sad, that a man is actually disgusted by something so natural. The Target employees stepped up and thankfully they knew what is stated in their employee handbook:
Guests may openly breastfeed in our stores or ask where they can go to breastfeed their child. When this happens, remember these points:
Targets policy supports breastfeeding in any area of our stores, including our fitting rooms, even if others are waiting.
If you see a guest breastfeeding in our stores, do not approach her.
If she approaches and asks you for a location to breastfeed, offer the fitting room (do not offer the restroom as an option).
So its perfectly fine and legal for her to breastfeed in the store. This story has been making the rounds online and people have been commenting in praise of the employees. While naturally, giving the old man the berating he deserves.
Heres one such comment:
Seeing as hes not starving maybe he should eat in a bathroom or with a blanket over his head.
Great to see such support for a mom doing her natural motherly duty. What a jerk that guy is for being offended by it. SHARE this story in support of mothers everywhere and their right to breastfeed outside the home when needed.