News Media: Texas City Mum Kicked Out Of Pool For Breastfeeding
A mother says she was removed from a swimming pool in Texas City because she was breastfeeding. Local breastfeeding mums reacted to this by holding a ‘nurse-in’ as a show of support.
On Sunday, Misty Daugereaux went to Nessler Park Family Aquatic Center with her two sons and nephew. Her 10-month-old got hungry, so she attempted to discreetly breastfeed him. However, a lifeguard saw her and said she couldn’t do that there because it was a public pool and against their policy. This left Daugereaux feeling humiliated and hurt.
The incident eventually drew the attention of the manager and the Texas City police were invited. Daugereaux recalled:
“She said you need to cover up or leave.”
“She gave me the ultimatum. And I said, ‘Well, you show me in your policy where I need to cover up and I’ll leave.’ And, she was telling me that it was not right, that I needed to cover up. It was their policy. And I said, ‘Well, you can go call whoever you need to call, but I’m not leaving for breastfeeding my son.'”
City leaders issued the following statement: “We, the City of Texas City are reviewing the nursing concerns raised at the Nessler Pool and how it was addressed by our staff. We apologize to Misty Daugereaux as it is clear she was offended by how she was treated at our City Facility. City policies and procedures will be reviewed and revised as deemed necessary. Any deficiencies regarding our employee’s actions will be addressed with further training.”
Meanwhile, Daugereaux says the “nurse-in” protesters are mostly made up of mums in the Galveston County breastfeeding support group. She added that their show of support made her feel powerful and loved.
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