"PROCEED WITH CAUTION, BREAST FEEDING AT 3RD AND MARKET"

(04/13/2005)

OPINION AND COMMENT By Bob Weaver

WV state code won't allow breast feeding by mothers in public settings, but federal law does.

When a bill was entered into the legislature to make the practice legal, we asked what legislators would have the nerve to vote against breast feeding mothers.

Well, they did.

The bill died during the final hours of the legislative session.

A new mom, Jennifer Bailey, told her story about being denied the right to breastfeed her baby at a Charleston Civic Center event. She was asked to leave the building.

The bill struck a chord with a lot of moms and women.

Once the bill was introduced, the House easily passed it, but State Senators had some serious questions. An amendment was added to ease some of those fears, excluding nursing in schools and prisons.

Most certainly they would not want breast feeding in a house of worship.

Bailey said senators feared teen aged mothers in high school would be allowed to take their babies to class and breastfeed. Bailey said babies would normally not be allowed in classrooms, only in designated parenting rooms.

Will illegal breastfeeding be given a police code number? "Signal 83 at softball game, corner of 3rd and Market. Proceed with caution."


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