By: Krystle Crossman
[email protected] in public is a hot button issue right now. There are women who state that it is a natural thing and is just how babies eat. They are not afraid to do it in public places because they see nothing wrong with it. Then there are others who feel that [email protected] is something that should be done in privacy so that others do not have to see it. There is no one right or wrong side in this argument, but one principal made his feelings on the subject clear when he wrote a letter to one of the mothers of a student in his school.
Andrea Scannell from Utah went to lunch with her kids one day at Mount Logan Middle School during a program that they held. Her infant child was hungry and so she fed the baby. She didn’t think that it was that big of a deal until she received a letter from the principal telling her that she needed to feed the baby discretely. The letter starts by thanking her for participating in the program but then goes right into how multiple people that are there for the program as well have expressed concerns about how she chose to feed her child in the school.
Through the letter the principal is very cordial and explains the situation. He states that while he understands the importance of [email protected] a child and thinks that it is a beautiful thing for a mother to do, he hopes that she will be more discrete. He goes on to state that there are children of all ages that are attending this event as well as parents with very different views and beliefs. He said that if his child were there he would be concerned about the child being exposed to that as well. He asks her simply to use a small blanket or find a more private area to feed the baby and that there were people to help her find such an area if she needed it.
Scannell said that the letter was shaming and bullying and the reason that so many women are afraid to [email protected] their child in public. She has gained many supporters over this incident.