Austin Independent School District (AISD) has adopted a district regulation of sending breastfeeding mothers to a private room, a policy which violates the law protecting a woman's right to nurse her child wherever she is authorized to be. This practice is shaming to mothers. The message when a mother is told to nurse privately is that there is something inappropriate about her breastfeeding her baby.
Breastfeeding is recommended as optimal infant nutrition by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, and many other groups.
Nursing in public is protected in Texas by law:
Sec. 165.002. RIGHT TO BREAST-FEED. A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.
There can be many challenges to breastfeeding. Being told that it is not appropriate should not be one of them. Urge AISD to follow the law by signing the petition.
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I am urging AISD to enact a policy that upholds the law. As an entity charged with the education of our youth, it seems a reasonable request that you model for students the importance of following the rules.
Furthermore, a new policy should stipulate that if ever a private room is offered to a nursing mother, it should be done only with genuine assurances that she is welcome to breastfeed wherever she chooses.