Breastfeeding at pool prompts police call

Published 10:00 pm Monday, July 23, 2018

MORA  — Dozens of mothers and their children gathered over the weekend for what they called a “nurse-in” to support two women who were chastised for breastfeeding at a public swimming pool in eastern Minnesota.

The women gathered Saturday near the Mora Aquatic Center in Mora to defend Stephanie Buchanan and Mary Davis, two sisters-in-law whose breastfeeding of their infants last week prompted a call to police.

Buchanan said a pool patron approached them and asked them to cover up while they nursed because her boys were swimming nearby. Then a staff member made the same request and suggested they move to the locker room. Buchanan cited Minnesota state law which protects breastfeeding in public, whether a woman is covered up or not.

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According to a press release, the women eventually left the pool with their children when police were called.