Breastfeeding Mom Protests at Silveyville Pumpkin Patch After Being Asked to Cover Up (Poll)

Sacramento News 10 cameras were in Dixon over the weekend profiling a mother who protested in front of Silveyville Pumpkin Patch after an employee asked her to cover up as she was breastfeeding

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For one mother it was apparently too much as she did the deed at two Sundays ago. But last Sunday she returned to the pumpkin patch, along with several breastfeeding mothers, to breastfeed and hold signs in protest.

The woman told Sacramento News 10 cameras that an employee from the pumpkin patch told her to cover up while breastfeeding her baby after several customers complained.

When Rachel Hill, who was feeding her son Cole according to News 10, refused to cover up the employee walked away -- and that's when Hill sought out a manager.

The manager told Hill that she would need to cover up or leave, Hill said. So Hill left the patch disgruntled.

But Silveyville Pumpkin Patch owner Jeri Seifert told News 10 that Hill was not asked to leave, just to cover up because of several customers' complaints.

The pumpkin patch has since issued a written apology to the protesters, and said they agree with the law that allows mothers to breastfeed wherever they see fit.

Now Dixon, here is the question. Who was in the right here? Was it the mother who facilitated enough complaints for staff to take notice and ask her to cover up? Or was it Silveyville Pumpkin Patch for asking the mother to cover up or leave?

Kariann Rose November 03, 2011 at 04:14 PM
I too, live in California, and we are 100% protected by the law to breastfeed in public. Nowhere does it state that we are required to use a cover, "or else". I only breastfeed my baby, it is my choice that she does not get artificial nipples. I usually nurse with a cover, but on the off-chance that I do not have the diaper bag (or if she's in the Ergo carrier), I do have to feed her without a cover. I am very discreet, most people can't even tell that I'm nursing. I'm not out flashing my breasts and nipples to show everyone that I'm breastfeeding. I probably speak for most nursing moms out there that we don't put on a show. It's already humiliating enough that we are frowned upon (even WITH a cover!!!) when we, out of basic necessity, have to nurse our babies. I'd rather have a satiated baby then a screaming one because she's hungry and I have to refuse her because of some ignorant people who can't even handle the THOUGHT that a mother is feeding her baby like nature intended!
Aaron November 03, 2011 at 11:00 PM
Yeah, that's not low class at all! The world would be a better place if everyone considered other peoples feeling. I neither condone the "look" nor your blown kisses. Both show no class. I wouldn't suggest you have to cover up with a blanket, but how difficult would it be to turn away take a few steps away from spectators and feed your child with a little privacy and dignity? (Just like I would do if I had a "productive", messy sneeze. No, it shouldn't "offend" anyone, but someone might feel uncomfortable seeing it.) Like it or not, some human behaviors make some people feel uncomfortable. I, myself, don't care if you breast feed in front of me. But I do care if you don't care about others (even if you don't support their views). Just show some class.
Aaron November 03, 2011 at 11:04 PM
You said it perfectly. However, some people don't have that "respect" you speak of. Sad really.
Serina November 18, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Marisa, I breastfeed my son but I covered. Have some respect, most people do not want to see someone's breast. I go to Silveyville every year and the last thing I want my son to see is someone's exposed breast. Yes, California protects breastfeeding mother's, which is great but have respect for others. This is a family place. As for low cut shirts I agree it's disgusting and believe me I when I see it I complain.
Marisa Wagner November 18, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Ummmm, Serina, you must have missed the part where I said my child would not tolerate any covering.


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