Woman Fights for Breastfeeding Rights After LACMA Incident
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTLA) --A South Bay woman is outraged after she was asked to cover up while she breastfed her baby recently at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
Katie Hamilton is upset that she was asked to cover up while breastfeeding at the museum when the museum features images and sculptures of nude women as art pieces.
But she said the bigger story is the stigma still attached to breastfeeding when it is the most natural and healthy thing a mother can do for her child.
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Hamilton was feeding her daughter Saturday afternoon at LACMA when an employee asked her to cover herself.
"A woman came over and she said, 'You need to cover up,' and I said no," Hamilton said.
"Not that it matters but nothing was visible," she continued. "Not even the top of my breast."
So Hamilton asked to see a supervisor, who told her a patron was uncomfortable about seeing her breastfeed.
"I said, it doesn't matter," she said. "That patron can look away. I have rights."
When Hamilton informed the supervisor of the law that permits women to breastfeed their children anytime, anywhere, he apologized, she said.
But Hamilton took to Facebook to inform the uninformed.
She created a page detailing her experience at LACMA.
"People need to know," she said. "It's OK. There's laws that protect us."
There is also a video on the news page: