A mother said she was removed from a public pool in Texas City because she was breastfeeding her 10-month-old son. The internet sparked up a response, and local breastfeeding moms held a “nurse-in” to support nursing in public.
When a lifeguard approached Misty Daugereaux and said she couldn’t nurse at the public pool, the mom felt “embarrassed and ashamed,” according to her Facebook post.
"She gave me the ultimatum," Daugereaux told Houston ABC station KTRK in an interview Monday. "And I said, 'Well, you show me in your policy where I need to cover up and I'll leave.' And she, you know, was telling me that it was, you know, not right, that I needed to cover up, it's their policy.”
The situation ended with the manager and the Texas City police showing up to remove her from the pool. Pool staff claim there had been several complaints and that Daugereaux had both breasts exposed.
In the Texas Health & Safety Code, it reads that “a mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.”
Later that evening when Daugereaux shared her experience on Facebook, it received 1,800 shares which prompted a group of breastfeeding moms to gather outside the Nessler Park Family Aquatic Center on Monday and hold the “nurse-in” as a show of support.