Mom Kicked Out Of Movie Theater For Breast-Feeding

| by Zara Zhi

A Florida mother was kicked out of a screening of the new film "Bad Moms" for her behavior.

The woman brought her infant to a movie theater in Fort Myers to see a film about rebellious moms. When it was time to feed her child, she had no qualms about breast-feeding the baby in public.

"Then when I heard other women saying 'He's telling her she needs to cover up,'" said the breast-feeding mother’s friend, Lia Denison. "I started crying."

Denison’s friend, Juliana Valverde, was asked to cover up while breast-feeding and then given an ultimatum, reports WBBH.

"That ultimatum," said Valverde. "[The employee] was like 'You can either cover up or you can leave.' I was just, at that point, I was so hurt and walked away. Tears came down."

Valverde was with a group of about 50, which included mothers and their children. But according to Regal's policy, minors age 6 and under are forbidden from attending R-rated films, even with a parent.

"They were outside dealing with the manager trying to get things squared away," said Amber Cebull. "But what ended up happening was he was unwilling to budge on the policy."

Cebull says while talking with the supervisor in the lobby, the women claim the manager went too far. They say he requested Valverde cover up while breast-feeding her baby.

"They can't go everywhere," said Cebull. "People don't want them in restaurants, people don't want them in other places, people don't want them nursing in public. Where are moms supposed to go?"

Florida state law allows women to breast-feed in any public or private location, according to Online Sunshine.

Daniel Garza of Wilbur Smith Attorneys at Law say the situation is not black or white.

"Somebody can't stop the mom from breast-feeding," said Garza.

"Was this mother kicked out because of the policy or because she was breast-feeding?" asked Garza. "That's what we need to determine."

Another woman told WBBH that some mothers re-entered the movie but were caught by a manager and asked to leave.

Regal Theatres has not yet commented about the event.

Whether or not the theater’s policy was broken, Valverde feels her rights were violated.

"There's always people that are going to feel uncomfortable and they shouldn't," said Valverde. "I don't need anyone's approval to feed my baby."

Sources: WBBH, Online Sunshine / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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