Earlier this year, Target said, “We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the rest room or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.” Bet no transgender in Target will ever face the ordeal that this mother had to experience.
From KHOU: The mother of a three-month-old baby, who claims she wasn’t allowed to breastfeed inside a Target in Kyle on Friday, said she is no longer upset about the incident.
Jessica, who received backlash on social media after the incident, posted about her experience on Facebook. “It was definitely embarrassing,” Jessica said.
The 23-year-old said her ordeal began when she tried to use a fitting room to breastfeed her daughter; that’s when a female employee approached her. “She told me, that’s really not what they’re for but that there was a bathroom that I could use. She was the only employee back there and there were no customers back there other than me,” Jessica said.
After speaking with the employee, Jessica said she took her shopping cart, which carried a car seat, diaper bag and a few items she planned to purchase, to the bathroom. The same employee followed her there. “She told me that wasn’t allowed, which I get,” said Jessica.
But Jessica didn’t get what happened next. “She told me I couldn’t leave my cart with the unattended items. So, I asked her where I could put it, and she told me that I should probably not bring a hungry baby out,” The 23-year-old mother said. “She asked if she wouldn’t take a bottle and I said, ‘no she’s breastfed. We’ve had a hard time with bottles.’ and she said, ‘Well maybe you should feed her in the car, maybe you should just leave.‘”
Dumbstruck, Jessica left the store and went to her car to nurse her baby. “The more I thought about it, the more outraged and more outrageous it seemed,” said Jessica.
In June, a mom nursing her baby inside a Connecticut Target was startled by a man upset at what she was doing. She recorded the entire incident as he got upset and demanded money back from the cafe, claiming the nursing mom disrespected him by feeding her baby.
KVUE showed Jessica the video, and she couldn’t believe it. Jessica said when she breastfeeds in public she covers up, but she won’t go out of the way to do it: especially if it interferes with her daughter’s feeding. “But if she doesn’t want to put a cover on and pulls it off or whatever, I’m not going to fight my kid for her to eat,” said Jessica.
Like most states, it is legal to breastfeed in public in Texas.
As for Jessica, she isn’t upset anymore. She just wished that the employee and others who are uninformed, get informed.
Jessica said Target has since called her several times to apologize, telling her there will be a meeting to make sure all employees know breastfeeding is allowed at stores.
In regards to the incident, Target sent KVUE this statement that reads:
At Target, we want all of our guests to feel comfortable shopping with us. We are proud of our breastfeeding policy, which applies to all stores, and it’s just one of the ways in which we support our guests. Guests who choose to breastfeed in public areas of the store are welcome to do so without being made to feel uncomfortable. Additionally, we support the use of fitting rooms for women who wish to breastfeed their babies, even if others are waiting to use the fitting rooms. We have been in contact with this guest to discuss her experience. Additionally, we are continuing to have conversations with our team to remind them of the policy.