Cop kicks breastfeeding mum out of public pool
This is crazy
Content Editor / June 19 2019
A new mum was left in tears after a family day at the local swimming pool ended in disaster when she was told to leave – just because she was breastfeeding her baby.
Misty Daugereaux, a 32-year-old nurse, was feeding her 10-month-old baby when she was approached by the pool manager and told to “cover up.”
She refused, which led the staff to call the police. They accused Misty of exposing both her breasts and cursing at them in anger.
On video footage taken by the police officer’s body cam, two employees can be seen discussing what happened.
“She was feeding her baby but had both breasts exposed,” said one worker. “She was moving him [the baby] back and forth,” replied the other.
Under Texas state law, a mother is entitled to feed her baby anywhere she is authorised to be.
In Australia, the law states that breastfeeding is a right, not a privilege, and it is illegal in Australia to discriminate against a person either directly or indirectly on the grounds of breastfeeding.
However, after witnessing the heated exchange between Misty and the two pool employees, the office insisted that she gather her things and leave.
“I know you got to feed your kids but go sit under a blanket or something,” the officer allegedly said.
“Just sit in a chair and cover-up. Don’t sit there with your titties out.”
“I have a right to feed my baby!” Misty responded. “I don’t stand for a lot. but I will stand for that.”
After the video went viral, a group of local moms gathered at the community pool to protest by staging a “feed-in.”
Misty later penned an emotional post on Facebook.
“I was escorted out with Two 4 year olds and my 10m old on my hip! Tears pouring down my face. My son asked, Momma why won’t they let you feed MAXX?” she wrote.
Misty's post has since gone viral and she says she has been inundated with supportive messages.
Nicola Conville has worked as a journalist and editor for more than 20 years across a wide range of print and online publications. Her areas of expertise are parenting, health and travel. She has two children; Lucy, age eight, and Nathan, age five.