Two women were shamed for breastfeeding at their local pool

Jul 24, 2018
02:49 P.M.
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Stephanie Buchanan and her sister-in-law were asked to leave a swimming pool when she was breastfeeding her three-month-old son.


The woman took to Facebook to reveal the distressing experience she had at the Mora Aquatic Center in Mora, Minnesota, on July 19, 2018.

Buchanan was enjoying a day out with her three-month-old son Roman in a children’s swimming pool when the little one started to get fussy.

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Speaking to WCCO-TV, she said, “There’s not really a choice sometimes. So, I was wearing a one-piece swimsuit, slipped my strap down and just fed him.”

Mary Davis, her sister-in-law, had already fed her toddler in the pool earlier the same day. The two women kept a watch over their other children.


When Buchanan was nursing her son, a staff member came up to the two of them and said that they should either cover up or go to the locker room to nurse.

Earlier, a patron had come up to her at the pool and told her that she must cover up because her sons were swimming.

Buchanan told the employee that she could not to the locker room as she was watching over her other children.


According to Minnesota state laws, women are allowed to breastfeed “in any location, public or private,” irrespective of whether the mother’s breast is uncovered.

The staff did not stop at that, they called police on the two women which forced Buchanan and Davis to leave the aquatic center.

‘I am in complete awe over how I as a mother was treated here, I don't expect any grown adult to go eat in the locker room… It's absolutely disgusting and maddening that this is how this establishment treats moms!!!’

Stephanie Ellingson-Buchanan, Facebook, July 19, 2018.


The women now plan to file discrimination charges against the city of Mora, which runs the center, and the county, according to People. They even organized a nurse-in with several dozen mothers outside the pool on July 21.

Davis hoped that the authorities and staff at the pool and the city learn from the experience the two had. 

She added that no mother should feel the need to “cover up” when feeding her baby.