Being a new mom has lots of challenges, and trying to balance your baby's needs with your own errands and responsibilities has never been easy. So it's pretty dumb that we continue to stigmatize something as common and natural as breastfeeding. Nevertheless, as Ana Davis of Centerville, Utah, found out, even going out of your way to breastfeed in private isn't enough for some people.
Davis was shopping at a Nordstrom Rack when her baby daughter Mia started making noises about a meal. Not wanting to attract any unwanted attention or complaints, Davis took her into a bathroom. Not a few minutes later, she was approached by a store employee "who had said a complaint had been made that somebody was feeling uncomfortable to—doing their business while there was a nursing mother in the restroom," Davis said. Yeah, because breastfeeding is so much grosser than sitting next to someone while they take a huge dump.
"I didn't feel like I was doing anything wrong by nursing," Davis said. "We as a society are OK with, you know, low-cut shirts or advertisements of underwear models and that's OK, but a nursing mother to a lot of people is just very offensive." Nordstrom, for their part, released a short statement, saying: "We want every customer to feel comfortable while they're shopping with us, particularly nursing mothers."
Well, they have a funny way of showing it.