More than 40 people plan to protest in front of the Columbia County Justice Center Monday in an attempt to gain improved legal protection for breast-feeding mothers.
“We tell every mother ‘breast is best,’ but then, socially, we harass them and we just make it this very negative thing,” said local event coordinator Heather Comprosky. “We need to allow mothers to do what they feel is right and to be free of harassment or discrimination.”
Comprosky and other local “lactivists” organized the movement in Evans, but the “nurse-in” is part of a statewide effort to bring awareness to the discrimination faced by nursing mothers who breast feed in public.
Similar events are scheduled on Monday in Atlanta, Woodbine, Savannah and Warner Robins.
From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., supporters plan to gather on the front lawn of the Evans courthouse at 640 Ronald Reagan Drive.
The effort first started after Woodbine mother Nirvana Jeannette was forced out of her church for breast feeding and told by law enforcement that she could be arrested for indecent exposure.
“Basically, our state laws do not cover us from the indecency exposure (law), so we could still be arrested,” said Comprosky, who nurses her 18-month-old son.
Comprosky said they’re pushing to change state legislation to protect mothers nursing in public from being harassed and arrested.
“We’ve contacted our local government to invite them and let them know what we’re trying to accomplish,” she said.
For information about the Evans “nurse-in,” visit www.facebook.com/events/230481173708848.