After pool staff asked a Texas mom to leave a community pool for not covering up, she and her supporters are standing up for their right to breastfeed in public
A Nessler Park Family Aquatic Center lifeguard and manager approached Misty Daugereaux while she was nursing her 10-month-old son on June 9.
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The mom told ABC13:
“She said you need to cover up or leave. She gave me the ultimatum. And I said, ‘Well, you show me in your policy where I need to cover up and I’ll leave.’ And, she was telling me that it was not right, that I needed to cover up. It was their policy. And I said, ‘Well, you can go call whoever you need to call, but I’m not leaving for breastfeeding my son.'”
After a police officer approached Daugereaux, she decided to leave rather than make a scene. According to the officer, the mom reportedly cursed out the lifeguard who approached her.
Bodycam footage from Texas City police reveals a conversation between the officer and a staff member agreeing that the mom should “go sit under a blanket or something” when nursing.
Furthermore, pool staff report that Daugereaux had both of her breasts exposed and that they simply asked her to cover herself.
However, the mother of two reportedly felt embarrassed by the encounter and shared her story on Facebook.
Daugereaux ‘s post gained the attention of many.
In fact, it led to a protest of moms showing up to the aquatic center for a “nurse-in” at 10 a.m. on Monday. Most of the women were a part of a Galveston County breastfeeding support group.
According to ABC13, Daugereaux said the protesters “made her feel powerful and loved.”
In response, the City of Texas City released the following statement:
We, the City of Texas City, are reviewing the nursing concerns raised at the Nessler Pool and how it was addressed by our staff. We apologize to Misty Daugereaux as it is clear she was offended by how she was treated at our City Facility. City policies and procedures will be reviewed and revised as deemed necessary. Any deficiencies regarding our employee’s actions will be addressed with further training.
Although Texas law allows moms to breastfeed in any place they have a right to be, it does not provide legal protection, the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition reports.
In other words, employees at public places can still ask moms to nurse in restrooms or leave a business.