McMINNVILLE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A number of breastfeeding mothers staged a nurse-in at the McMinnville Goodwill store after one employee tweeted that a mother shouldn’t breastfeed in public.
Goodwill officials, who initially tweeted agreement with the employee and then reversed course, welcomed the nursing moms.
Goodwill has been in damage control ever since, apologizing for both accounts and opting to suspend @jordyyynicole. The company has been in hot water before over breastfeeding, drawing ire in Wisconsin in 2012 for similar behavior.
It should be stated that Goodwill’s official stance fully supports a woman’s right to breastfeed in public.
According to a Facebook event created in response to the offensive tweets, nearly 100 breastfeeding mothers were expected to protest Goodwill at the McMinnville store on Friday with a “nurse-in.” Company representatives said Thursday that the store will welcome any mother intending to protest, with employees even providing refreshments.
One of the mothers who attended the nurse-in described it as a bit of a party.
Emma Ingram, who was the breastfeeding mother the employee tweeted about, said she wants to break down the stigma of breastfeeding.
“Men have breasts. Women have breasts. Ours feed babies,” she said. “Why is it so gross to do that? Why is it considered indecent to do that?”
The cashier who tweeted about Ingram was suspended.
“Finding out this employee did this, [the nursing mother] was cyberbullied,” concerned mother Kelly Messerzy said. “This is why we’re so upset.”