A Roseville mom is upset after she was asked to stop breastfeeding her 5-week-old baby at the post office.
"I felt mortified, and shamed, embarrassed, and angry," said Casey Reed.
Reed had to stop at the Sierra Gardens Post Office in Roseville Tuesday. When her daughter Emilia started getting fussy, Reed got ready to start breastfeeding her. She didn’t want to leave the post office since she was already in line, so she decided to feed her right there. That's when she said a postal employee yelled at her.
"She said, 'You need to cover up, that's not okay, that's inappropriate.' And there was like 10 people in line," Reed said.
According to California Civil Code, section 43.3, “a mother may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private.”
Reed said that she was shocked and felt “attacked.”
"I work full-time and you can't just stay at home on your couch with your baby latched on. You have to get things done," Reed said.
In support for Reed, Roseville area mothers have organized a breastfeeding sit-in tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Sierra Gardens Post Office.
Meiko Patton, the communications programs specialist for the United States Postal Service emailed ABC10 this statement:
"The Postal Service apologizes for the incident that occurred at the Roseville Post Office, and Roseville management has already apologized to the customer. We have spoken to our employees and plan to conduct training so this type of incident doesn’t repeat itself."
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