As women around the world band together in an effort to normalize breastfeeding, one woman in Lubbock, Texas is speaking out after she was asked not to nurse her child at the one place where it should be accepted — in the hospital’s waiting room for a pediatrician.
The woman in the center of the controversy, Erin Peña, took to Facebook to vent her frustration at the situation.
“I’m so furious and upset. I just got thrown out of my OBGYN/pediatrician’s office for breastfeeding,” she wrote on the page for a local news station.
“The receptionist told me I couldn’t breastfeed in the lobby and had to go to the bathroom or room in the back. I said I had the right to breastfeed anywhere. She said if I don’t stop she will cancel my baby’s appointment. His appointment was for his vaccines!”
She goes on to say they did cancel her 4-month-old’s appointment, even though she told them what they were doing was illegal, as Texas law states “A mother is entitled to breastfeed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.”
The hospital in question, University Medical Center, apologized to Erin on Facebook before removing the post and issuing a statement through a spokesperson.
“Our staff asked that woman to leave unless she covered herself up, which is absolutely wrong,” the statement said. “We apologize to that mother and all breastfeeding mothers.”