Womens Health

Video: Breastfeeding Moms Stage 'Nurse-In' at Target Stores

| by Michael Allen

Nursing moms upset with breastfeeding preferences at Target stores staged a "nurse-in" Wednesday at locations in Chicago and across the country. They say the demonstration is meant to raise awareness about controversies over nursing in public (video below).

This latest outcry from a recent incident in Texas. Michelle Hickman, a Houston mother of four, was nursing in a remote area of a Target store when staffers told her to move into a fitting room.

There were so many employees confronting her, she said, that it was time to speak up: "Basically I got harassed by a whole handful of women Target employees."

Hickman complained to the corporate headquarters and Target sided with her.

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Representatives said it has always been the store's policy to make women feel comfortable when breastfeeding.

"We kind of just refreshed our team members on our policy to make sure that any guests that come into the store aren't uncomfortable at all," said Chicago Target spokeswoman Ashley Krehoff.

More than 5,800 people joined a Facebook group in support of the movement, and Hickman says about 150 stores in the U.S. participated in Wednesday's peaceful protest.