Breastfeeding sit-in expected at Northwoods Mall

Published: Jan. 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM EST
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(Photo Source: KHOU)
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/KHOU) - A nationwide movement is asking nursing mothers to breastfeed their children outside of several Hollister stores, including one at Northwoods Mall, following an incident in Houston where a mother claims she was kicked out of a shopping center for breastfeeding her baby near a store.

According to a report by KHOU, Brittany Warfield's baby got hungry at The Galleria in Houston, so Warfield sat on a bench near Hollister's entrance to nurse. Warfield said she used a jacket to cover up, but moments later "a manager showed up screaming."

"He said, 'You can't do this here. This is not where you do that. You can't do that on Hollister property. We don't allow that,'" Warfield said. "I said, 'It's Texas. I can breastfeed anywhere I like.' He said, 'Not at Hollister. Your stroller is blocking the way. You have to go.'"

The Nurse-In is scheduled to be held outside the Hollister store in Northwoods Mall at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

A Facebook page titled Nurse-In @Hollister in the Galleria & Nationwide states:

Breastfeeding needs to be supported and encouraged to ensure a nursing mother's success. It is also our right as women to nurse in public. So come on out, bring your baby and lets show our support for not only this mother but ALL mothers and their right to nurse their children when ever and where ever that may be. Let's make sure not one more mother ever has to feel this way again.

KHOU reports Warfield is considering a lawsuit after the incident. Hollister has not released a statement on the incident.

Copyright 2013 WCSC. All rights reserved. KHOU contributed to this report.