PORTLAND, OR (WTXF/STORYFUL) - A mother was told she couldn't breastfeed her baby in a Marshalls fitting room by a store employee, leaving her "humiliated." She took to Facebook and Instagram to post about her experience, and it has since gone viral, inspiring a group of mothers to stage a "nurse-in" at the store.
Karina Gomez was furious after she was forced to breastfeed her daughter Katalina Maria in a bathroom stall.
Yes, this is me sitting on a toilet feeding my sweet, Katalina Maria, after I was denied my right to breastfeed where I...
She uploaded a photo of herself sitting in the stall with the caption, "Yes, this is me sitting on a toilet feeding my sweet, Katalina Maria, after I was denied my right to breastfeed where I wanted to by a #marshalls employee. I was denied to breastfeed in a dressing room, instead I was directed to a bathroom stall to breastfeed. What a way to treat breastfeeding customers, shaming them for breastfeeding, making them feel embarrassed that you need to feed your child. I am angry, upset, but more so humiliated. My rights have been violated. Please share to get the word out! #cascadestation #marshalls #breastfeedingmom #shamedforbreastfeeding #humiliation."
According to Storyful, Marshalls apologized to Gomez on her post, but other angry mothers decided to take action.
They organized a "nurse-in" at the store in Portland, Oregon on Monday.
Many women traveled to the location specifically to breastfeed their babies, protesting how Gomez was treated.
After the "nurse-in", Marshalls apologized to Gomez on Facebook again.
They wrote, "We have a breast feeding policy in place which instructs Associates to allow customers to breastfeed as they choose within stores. We have looked into this matter and regret that it may not have been followed in this instance."