Nursing Mother Asked To Leave Arizona McDonald's

According to ABC15 in Phoenix, Clarissa Bradford was asked to leave a Glendale, Ariz. McDonald's after breastfeeding her 6-month-old son. Clearly, the manager of this McDonald's has never heard of mombloggers, or this would never have happened.

It isn't hard to figure out what happened next; there was a nurse-in at that McDonald's by dozens of women. The protest went down without incident, of course, because the last thing McDonald's Corporate wants is some prudish franchisee dragging the brand through the news on the business end of a human-rights story.

Know your rights, nursing mothers of California, in case it ever happens to you. From California Civil Code Section 43.3:

43.3. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a mother may
breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, except the
private home or residence of another, where the mother and the child
are otherwise authorized to be present.

So no nursing at the slot machine (your baby's not 21) or in an age-restricted bar. Incidentally, that or a similar law exists in 44 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. While the explicit right to nurse is not codified in law in Michigan, South Dakota and Virginia, nursing women are specifically exempt from indecent-exposure laws. Idaho, Nebraska and West Virginia are still stuck in 1880 and have no such laws.


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