Amarillo Woman Says She Was Publicly Shamed for Breastfeeding

AMARILLO - An Amarillo mom says she is shamed for breastfeeding her 8-month-old daughter in public.

It happened Monday afternoon while Kayla Martinez was at Air U Indoor Trampoline Park with her two daughters.

Martinez tells us she initially was breastfeeding her daughter in the middle of the play area at Air U.

She said it wasn't until after she finished that a manager came up to her to let her know that several people had complained to staff about her breastfeeding, but she does tell us that Air U was fantastic in how they handled the situation without forcing Martinez to breastfeed in another room or making her leave the building.

She said her daughter then moved to another part of Air U that is more secluded where she then once again began to let her begin nursing.

Martinez tells us it was here where another mother came up to her and began to shame her about breastfeeding in public.

She adds the woman was saying everything from, "you're a bad mother" to, "your breasts are being sexual around children."

"I told her that she had several options," said Martinez. "She could educate her family about what breasts are used for. Two, that she could leave Air U because I would not, or three, get used to me nursing my daughter because it wouldn't be that much longer that I was there regardless."

We spoke with Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant Angela Hartfelder and she said it is actually women who berate breastfeeding mothers in public more often than men do.

Hartfelder adds that although baby formula does have all of the nutrients babies need, breastmilk goes a step farther in helping the child grow.

Hartfelder blames the sexualization of breasts in advertising for this situation.

She said this disconnect between seeing breasts differently as a sexual object and not as a tool to nurse babies causes most problems in public.

Air U released a statement that says, "On Monday, July 3 my Deck Coordinator, Skylar, came to me about a customer who felt uncomfortable about a mother who was breastfeeding in our facility and the fact that she did not have a blanket over the child. The customer let us know she felt uncomfortable with the mother breastfeeding with no cover and that she felt it was inappropriate. I had my coordinator address the mother and offer her the OPTION of either using a blanket as well as offer a private room to breastfeed in and let her know that it was her OPTION to do so. She politely denied the offer and continued to breastfeed and proceeded to move to another location as to remove herself from direct sight of all others. After the mother moved to another location the upset customer decided to confront the mother about the issue and any information beyond this point was exchanged between the two customers. My coordinator did his best to treat both customers with the utmost respect and did exactly what he was asked to do to accommodate both customers. We simply handled this situation in the best way possible to ensure we did not offend anyone and make everyone as comfortable as possible. Our goal at AirU is to ensure the happiness and satisfaction of our customers and we do our best to accommodate any needs. 


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