Breastfeeding Controversy at Beverly Hills Anthropologie Sets Off Firestorm
Do not mess with breastfeeding moms in Beverly Hills.
That was the message sent to retailer Anthropologie, loud and clear, by a posse of protestors that turned out on Wednesday in support of Ingrid Wiese Hesson — a new mother who says she was unceremoniously escorted to the bathroom with her 6-week-old infant, mid-feeding, by a manager named Meredith.
“Shocked,” wrote Wiese Hesson, who shared an account of the incident on her Facebook page Tuesday shortly after it occurred (and after spending $700 on merchandise). “I unlatched the infant, he began to cry, and we did the walk of shame to the stock room bathroom. There was nothing but a toilet in the room. ‘Sorry we don’t have a chair.’ I left the store embarrassed and called back to talk to Meredith and verify what I had just experienced. ‘I thought you and the other customers would be more comfortable off the sales floor,’ she explained.”
The nurse-in at Anthropologie. Photo by Ingrid Wiese Hesson/Facebook.
The post set into motion a powerful chain reaction that began with supportive comments and hundreds of shares and led to, in less than 24 hours, a massive nurse-in right back at the Beverly Hills Anthropologie location. “Amazing! All started by YOU!” wrote one of many supporters on Wiese Hesson’s Facebook page. Wiese Hesson, who could not be reached for comment by Yahoo Health, reported on her page that there were more than 100 women involved in the protest. And she and many of those in her corner pointed out that California state law allows a woman to breastfeed her child in any public or private location (with the exception of a private home) that otherwise allows her presence. Although, like the majority of other similar state laws regarding public breastfeeding, there is no enforcement clause, meaning there’s no official way to hold businesses’ feet to the fire.
Wiese Hesson. Photo by Ingrid Wiese Hesson/Facebook.