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Guns and boobs, boobs and guns: Moms are having a lot of struggles these days at America's favorite big box department stores. The latest story of women-with-children protesting went down in South Carolina, where mother Shawnee Colabella faced some blowback from store employees while breastfeeding at a Greenville Walmart. She decided to stage a "nurse-in".
"Not only were [the employees] staring at me, they were making rude and disgusting comments about how disgusting what I was doing was, and how I should cover myself, and how if what I was doing was even legal," she said. "It made feel uncomfortable, disrespected and ostracized."
Colabella took her story to the Facebook group "Upstate SC Breastfeeders," whose goal is to "normalize" breastfeeding, and they gathered the troops to carry out the "nurse-in." From the brief cell phone video, it looked like they were holding a play date on the Walmart floor.
Walmart, for its part, was apologetic. They issued the following statement:
"We welcome nursing mothers to breastfeed their child in our store. We recognize the intimate and personal nature of the decision a mother makes to breastfeed their child, and we never want to make her feel unwelcome in our stores because of it. We apologize if our customer felt uncomfortable during her store visit.
For the record, according to South Carolina law, breastfeeding in a Walmart is legal.
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