Breastfeeding mom claims discrimination
POSTED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 2:57pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 2:57pm
Mother says California school district discriminated against her for breastfeeding her baby
A mother in California says a school district broke the law by not allowing her to breast-feed her baby.
And she says the district took it a step further by punishing her eldest son.
Now she's taking her fight to the district's front door by organizing a "nurse-in" outside the district's headquarters.
She hopes to get dozens of people to nurse there on Wednesday, Sept. 25th.
Rachel Rainbolt hasn't been back at Meadowbrook Middle School since about April when she says she breast fed her one-year-old in front of a teacher.
"She looked kind of disgusted and horrified."
Rainbolt tells me it was during a private session with her 8-year-old son and his female teacher -- not in front of anyone else.
"She turned to me and said, that was not appropriate. Do you know what a breast feeding cover is? That's not appropriate to do here. Aren't you concerned that people will stare?"
The next day, Rainbolt tells me she got a call from the district saying her 8-year-old son could no longer attend a monthly group presentation class because of the incident.
"Heart-breaking and even that much more scary. Because now I have to start to worry about his well being."
"Did you start to feel bad in some way?"
"Of course. I felt completely ashamed and scared," says Rainbolt.
Rainbolt says she made a formal complaint of discrimination with the state and the state sided with the school.
But Rainbolt cites California Law that a mother may breast-feed her child in any public location.
"I came back calmly asserting that it was a legally protected right. Her last words were, so you're not willing to comply with my requests to stop? And I said... no."