Simone dos Santos was breastfeeding her four month old baby in the hallway of a Washington D.C. courthouse when two female security guards told her to stop because feeding her baby in the public space was indecent exposure. Dos Santos knows that twenty-eight states, including Washington D.C., exempt breastfeeding from public indecency laws and has since filed a complaint against the security company. She can tell the story way better than I can, so check out the video below:

Did the “man on the street” interviews surprise you? It has never occurred to me that breastfeeding could be considered indecent exposure. I’m still confused about why Janet Jackson’s Superbowl “wardrobe malfunction,” caused such a frenzy, and maybe I’m a hippie for that, but breastfeeding? Even in cases like this one where the accuser is clearly legally in the wrong, what makes the completely natural process of a woman feeding her baby so taboo and distasteful to some? Considering the nutritional benefits for the baby and what a far cry it is from anything sexual, what is the big deal? They’re just nipples, people.

Read a blog post from Simone dos Santos telling more of her story at The Washington Post.

What do you think? Should women be allowed to breastfeed in public?

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  • Lexi

    I breastfed BOTH of my children. As long as the mother is taking the proper precautions to be sure that she is not fully exposed, it is perfectly acceptable. I don’t see a problem even if something “slips”. It’s natural and a pat of life. If she let the baby starve, she would be in court for a whole slew of OTHER issues.

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