A woman breastfeeding in public stirred so much controversy that a physical fight almost broke out.
Jessie Maher was nursing her baby at a Target in Connecticut when a man saw her and began shouting, “Can’t you do that somewhere else? That’s f***ing disgusting. You are nasty,” he said, according to Maher’s Facebook post.
“I am feeding my baby, and I have the right to do it here. Walk the f*** away,” Maher responded.
When the man refused to leave her alone, the quick-thinking mom took out her phone and began recording the incident (see the video above), hopeful that someone would be able to identify him. As the video starts rolling, we hear other customers telling the man to leave her alone. “Because I’m feeding my baby, this man is going crazy and I am shaking,” Maher says in the video. “You’re fine. He has no right to be doing what he’s doing. You have a baby in your hands,” another woman says. “Are you OK?”
“I’m not covering myself up because of him,” Maher responds. At this point, the new mom is in tears. “Look at all these wonderful people coming to my defense.” As Target employees escort him out, Maher thanks the other customers for rallying around her. “We have five kids. Don’t ever feel ashamed of feeding your baby,” another woman says as the video ends.
In a statement, Target supported Maher and breastfeeding in their retail locations: “At Target, we want all of our guests to feel comfortable shopping with us. Our breastfeeding policy, which applies to all stores, is just one of the ways in which we support our guests. Guests who choose to breastfeed in public areas of the store are welcome to do so without being made to feel uncomfortable.”