SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — There was a protest in San Francisco on Wednesday over the right to breastfeed in public.
It was sparked by what one mother says was a heated confrontation at the city’s human services building.
A group of women gathered to show support for a mother who says a security guard told her to “cover up or leave” as she was nursing her baby.
It was a peaceful rally, featuring mothers, babies, and breastfeeding. The woman in question says she had felt harassed by the guard.
She said it began when she was quietly nursing her child in a waiting room at the human services building on Otis Street in San Francisco.
“All of a sudden, I hear somebody yelling at me, ‘You have to cover up if you’re going to be in there,'” Kristi Lozinto said. “And I was shocked, so I turned around and I saw this guard and he was maybe 10 feet away from me. And he’s a big guy. He’s maybe 6 (feet) 5 (inches). And I said, ‘That’s not what the law says.’ And he threw his hand out, and he waved his hand back and forth, and he said, ‘I’m not trying to argue with you.’ And he walked away. And I was very upset, and what he insinuated is that I was breaking the rules.”
And that wasn’t the end of it. She said the guard later returned and the conversation became more heated and disrespectful.
Mildred Musni said she and her friends want to remind people that it is a mother’s right to be able to breastfeed in public.
During the protest, the agency’s deputy director showed up to apologize for what happened, telling Musni she had every right to nurse her child in the waiting room.