Meghan Reed, president of the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition, applied for all the appropriate permits and filled out all of the necessary paperwork for her booth at the farmers market in Utah's Wasatch County. She was clear about what her booth would entail — it would be a place for breastfeeding mothers to take a break and nurse. It would also be a place where the general public could get information about breastfeeding.
So Reed was surprised when she started getting harassed by farmers market organizers who complained about the nature of her booth and wanted her to remove the photos of breastfeeding women that she had on display. Reed claims that the head organizer stopped by her booth three or four times before calling the city manager and police to complain.
Fortunately, the buck stopped there as Police Chief Dave Booth, who investigated the complaint, refused to intervene, saying that the booth was appropriate and followed the regulations of Utah laws, which allow women to openly breastfeed.
"I saw absolutely no problems with it at all," Booth said in an interview on Utah's KUTV. "Utah law is very clear, very specific and protects breastfeeding ... We definitely support anything that we can do to raise any type of awareness or to support any type of breastfeeding."
The irony of the complaint was not lost on Reed. It was World Breastfeeding Week and she had set up a booth to support breastfeeding moms and raise awareness about the rights of breastfeeding mothers. "To be harassed while providing breastfeeding support during that week is just kind of ironic," she told KUTV.
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