North Carolina mom Allison Zilliken says she was asked to leave church last Sunday for breastfeeding her 4-month-old daughter, despite wearing a cover, and "directed to the bathroom." Now she's fighting back.
Last week, the 29-year-old mom-of-three shared about the incident, which happened at Elevation Church in North Carolina, on Facebook:
"It embarrassed me, and drew people’s attention," she told the Charlotte Observer. "To take me to the mother’s restroom was totally unacceptable, humiliating—and illegal."
Zilliken's post went viral and she received hundreds of comments from people supporting her right to breastfeed in church (or wherever she darn well wants!):
Her post went viral and got the attention of Ariel Tauro, a breastfeeding activist in New Jersey, People reports, and now the two of them are fighting back. Together, they organized a "Nurse In" at the 11 a.m. service this coming Sunday.
"It’ll be local moms coming together to breastfeed their babies where [Zilliken] was kicked out," Tauro told the Charlotte Observer.
The church has so far declined to comment. But they'd be wise to heed the words of Pope Francis, who recently encouraged women to breastfeed in church "without fear, just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus." AMEN.