Elizabeth Herzog gave birth to her daughter, Georgia, in week 32 of her pregnancy.
The little girl weighed just 3.5 pounds (1.5 kg) and had to stay in intensive care until she was strong enough to go home.
Now, Georgia is five months old and has been home with her mom for a while.
Recently, Elizabeth recently went with her to a restaurant for the first time since giving birth.
During the meal, Elizabeth started breastfeeding Georgia, just like she always does.
But this time, she left the restaurant shamed and humiliated.
Elizabeth was sitting at her table nursing her child when the manager of the restaurant approached her. He tapped her on the shoulder and asked her to “cover up.”
Elizabeth got up and walked out of the restaurant, but not before reminding the manager about the law.
In Iowa, where Elizabeth lives, it’s legal for a woman to breastfeed her own child in public places, including restaurants.
And because Georgia is particularly fragile, Elizabeth avoids covering her face with a breastfeeding blanket.
Elizabeth is well aware of the fact that there’s a debate about breastfeeding in public, but she hopes that stories like hers will help other breastfeeding moms find acceptance.
“I’m doing the best I can and I realize to some people it might look a little weird and I realize to some people, they might be shocked by it, but all I’m trying to do is nurse my infant,” she tells WQAD.
Well-chosen words that we think everyone would understand!
Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing and we can’t understand how anyone could think it’s offensive.
For as long as people keep shaming mothers for this, we’ll keep sharing stories like this. Because if we just sit still and let it happen, nothing will ever change.
Please share Elizabeth’s story if you also think that mothers should have the right to breastfeed their child wherever they want.