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'I'm Standing Up For Other Women': Breastfeeding Mother Says Post Office Asked Her To Leave (Video)

| by Sean Kelly

A post office in Wisconsin apologized after they reportedly asked a breastfeeding mother to leave two days in a row (video below).

Raven Dibble posted on social media about the incidents, saying that she was at a Janesville, Wisconsin, post office on Wednesday and Thursday of last week mailing packages when she began nursing her 3-week-old daughter, Harlow, WISC-TV reported.

Employees asked her to cover up or leave while nursing, and called the breastfeeding “indecent," according to Dibble.

“I'm not standing up for my own right to breast feed my child,” she said. “I’m standing up for other women to breast feed their child.

"I'm standing up for those children, my daughter, her right to eat.”

Wisconsin law dictates that a “mother may breast-feed her child in any public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be.”

“In such a location, no person may prohibit a mother from breast-feeding her child, direct a mother to move to a different location to breast-feed her child, direct a mother to cover her child or breast while breast-feeding, or otherwise restrict a mother from breast-feeding her child as provided in this section," the law adds.

The United States Post Service responded to the controversy in a statement to WISC-TV, apologizing for their actions.

“We have apologized to the customer for the incident and any inconvenience this may have caused her,” USPS spokesman Sean Hargadon said. “We have talked to our employees about the situation and have taken this opportunity to educate our employees regarding the law.”

Dibble subsequently organized a “nurse-in” at the Janesville post office in response to the incident. It is to be held on Wednesday, and so far 93 people were shown on Facebook to be attending.

Sources: WISC-TV, YouTube

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