Nearly every public breastfeeding controversy is the same: a woman nurses her baby in a department store, in a restaurant, or on a park bench, and a concerned citizen asks that she "do that in a bathroom." Annoying, right?
One mom – in an attempt to privately feed her child without drawing attention or making headlines – sought out a public restroom and was even kicked out of there.
"She was crying, she was ready to have her meal, so I went to the restroom and found an open chair," Ana Davis told Utah's WTOL 11 News about her trip to Nordstrom Rack with her daughter Mia.
Within minutes, she was approached by an employee who said a complaint had been made.
"Someone was feeling uncomfortable to do their business while there was a nursing mother in the restroom," she continued, adding that she was asked to go to a fitting room instead. "I didn't feel like I was doing anything wrong by nursing."
In a statement, Nordstrom said it wants "every customer to feel comfortable while they're shopping with us, particularly nursing mothers." The store said fitting rooms are available but not necessary and that employees now know that mom are able to breastfeed wherever they feel comfortable. Even if that is a public restroom.