Breastfeeding is nature's way to feed children, but at Aventura Mall this week, mall officials said otherwise. According to the news on NBC on August 7, 2014, Kristie Quinones was shunned and told to cover-up while she breastfed her 13-month old daughter in a play area of the mall this past Tuesday (August 5th). She was advised that she couldn't stay and feed her child unless she covered herself up with a blanket -- this is a mall policy as advised by security. She felt humiliated that she was accused of doing something wrong.
Breastfeeding is allowed in public in the State of Florida. According to Florida law, "383.015 Breastfeeding.—The breastfeeding of a baby is an important and basic act of nurture which must be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health and family values, and in furtherance of this goal: (1) A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding."
So, on Thursday August 7, 2014, over 100 mothers staged a "nurse in" protest to support their fellow mothers and show respect on a maternal mission. These women wanted to show awareness of the norm and that people should accept nature's way of feeding infants. So, they sat lined up one-by-one and held their babies and breastfed them together in the same spot where Quinones was reprimanded.
A mall representative claimed the incident was completely mishandled on their part and that Aventura Mall supports breast feeding anytime and anywhere in their shopping center. This statement came just in time to coordinate with National Breastfeeding Month in August.