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Earlier this month, a Michigan mom Natalie Hegedus was humiliated in front of an entire courtroom for nursing her five-month-old son. While she was waiting to be called, her son got hungry and she opted to feed him in a modest way, sitting in the back of the courtroom. The judge, in front of everyone present, asked her if she believed it was appropriate to breastfeed in court.

In an interview with WOOD TV, Natalie responded: I said, "Considering the fact that my son is hungry, and he's sick, and the fact that it's not illegal, I don't find it inappropriate ... And the judge said something to the effect of 'It's my court, it's my decision and I do find it inappropriate.'"

The full transcript of their exchange can be found here.

Humiliating a nursing mother in front of an entire court room simply for nursing her child should not be tolerated. Show Judge Hentchel and the Van Buren County Courts that we support Michigan mom Natalie Hegedus and a mother's right to breastfeed. We call for Michigan courts to create and enforce a breastfeeding friendly policy, preventing this kind of situation from happening again.

Letter to
Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission
Van Buren (Michigan) County Courts Honorable Paul E. Hamre, Chief Judged
Michigan State House
and 2 others
Michigan State Senate
Michigan Governor
I was outraged when I heard that Michigan mom Natalie Hegedus was humiliated in court by Judge Hentchel and the Van Buren County Court. Not only is breastfeeding recommended for a child's first 1-2 years, it is also legally protected.

Judge Hentchel was out of line telling Natalie Hegedus that feeding her five month old son is inappropriate in his courtroom.

Please, establish and enforce a policy that supports families in all public courthouses in Michigan.