To accommodate consumers, many department stores have established policies that permit women to breastfeed anywhere inside their establishments.
Despite that, every couple of months there’s another story of a woman who is told she cannot breastfeed in one of these department stores. It’s usually a matter of an employee enforcing their personal preferences and not upholding the store’s policy.
In a Facebook post—that garnered significant attention online—Chattanooga Dillard’s customer Whitney Hale describes her recent experience attempting to breastfeed inside of the store:
I searched for a quiet secluded area to nurse my child. When I found a place I asked if it was okay for her to eat here. The employee at customer service nodded. I then began to nurse my child. I didn’t use a cover up (I did that in the pic to prove the irony) I discreetly pulled my shirt down and her head covered me up. The same lady then told me I could not “do that” here. She told me I would need to go to the restroom. I was completely shocked as I have never had anyone comment on me breastfeeding in the whole 18 months I have been nursing.
She goes on to point out the irony that Dillard’s has on full display a giant photo of a woman’s bust to help sell bras.