A Connecticut mother is speaking out after she was forced to leave a Norwich court building because she was breastfeeding her baby boy.
Danielle Gendron, 25, was reportedly in court to testify as a witness, but a court marshal asked her to leave the building after she began breastfeeding her 3-month-old son, Maddox.
“I went to feed him and the marshal, just you know she immediately just waved me out,” Gendron (pictured) told local station News 8. “That’s never happened to me so I wasn’t sure she was speaking to me at first so I kind of looked around and she was like you know get out.”
According to the Huffington Post, Connecticut is one of 45 states and the District of Columbia with laws allowing women to breastfeed in any public or private location.
“It almost make you feel ashamed which is terrible because you shouldn’t feel that way,” she said.
Gendron added that it is unreasonable to deny new mothers the right to feed their children in public.
“If we could all sit home with our babies 24/7 that would be great but no one can do that and no one would be asked to leave anywhere if they were giving their baby a bottle,” she said.
News 8 has reportedly contacted a spokesperson for the court marshal who ordered Gendron to leave the building. According to the news station, the spokesperson admitted the court marshal was in error when asking Gendron to leave.
“I think it's wonderful,” Gendron told News 8. “I’m very thankful you guys are doing that.”
The Daily Mail adds that the court marshal apologized to Gendron’s sister after she called to complain on behalf of her sister.