Lucy Eades, Breastfeeding Mom, Stands Up to Woman Telling Her To "Cover Up"

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Lucy Eades, a Texas mom breastfeeding in public, was recently asked to cover up.

Her response was captured on video by her husband and went viral. See below:

According to ABC affiliate WFAA, the mom of four was nursing her 16-day-old at a local recreation center while her older daughter was in dance class.

An employee asked her to cover up, but Eades steadfastly continued to nurse, saying "It is state law, I can nurse my child with or without a cover."

Eades is right: It's legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 states' Texas is one of 45 with laws specifically allowing women to do so in any public or private space.

Eventually, her husband spoke up too, and the employee walked away; Eades was reportedly the second mom asked to cover up there that day.

Later, the City of Burleson (Tex.) said in a statement: "The City of Burleson supports breastfeeding and appreciates recognition of National Breastfeeding Week."

"The city also supports the law, which states 'A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.'"

"Today, two women were breastfeeding in or near a public entrance to the city's recreation center where we were hosting a camp for youth ages 5-13 in addition to other recreation center patrons."

"To be respectful of everyone's rights we asked the women to cover up."

"There is nothing in the law that prohibits the city from requiring a mother to cover up. We also offered a room in an attempt to be more accommodative."

"The city did not attempt to prohibit breastfeeding and fully supports the freedom of mothers to breastfeed as long as it doesn't infringe on someone else's freedom."

Reaction online was mixed, with some defending the center's position while others claiming that if you're not okay with breastfeeding moms, you're not "family friendly."

On that note, a "nurse-in" (a popular form of breastfeeding protest), is planned at the recreation center on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

What do you think? Should moms breastfeed in public?

 

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There's nothing wrong with breastfeeding. BUT it's egotistical for a woman to think that everyone around her wants to see her breasts while she's doing it. What's wrong with putting a cloth diaper over her while the child eats? It sounds like it's just a bunch of whining to me.

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@ Bridget

The baby gets hot a stuffy! ! You try eating with a rag over your face! Dont want to see it DON'T look. Problem solved.

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This woman is all about drama and this was totally done for attention. Anyone who knows her, knows that she puts herself in predicaments like this to start fights with people and to attract attention to her youtube channel. She is all about trying to be 'youtube famous' at whatever cost. And yes, I agree with a previous poster - the real story here is that her baby is four weeks old with no name yet.

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@ Sara

So true..she draws out so many things for attention..cant stand her or her husband and she had 9 months to think of a name so its really sad that baby is here and doesnt have a name yet!

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Someone should ask Lucy when she's going to give that poor baby a name. Almost 4 weeks old.

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Incidents like this make me happy at times to be living in Europe now instead of the states (dont get me wrong though, I am American and I do love the states). Why do we always make a big issue about little things like this when there are so many other more important problems in the world?!!!! Children grow up here seeing breasts on beaches, television, etc from an early age and guess what? They're fine! Probably even less obsessive about nudity when they become teenagers then those in the states who have learned that its "bad." I think that breastfeeding is a completely normal thing and cant understand why we cant just let it go? When we make an issue of it, we teach our children the wrong message - making it seem bad and even sexual. I do think that this couple went about it the wrong way in how aggressive they were - filming and all - but thats another story.

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There is a way to breastfeed respectfully. Women should not be using it as a way to flaunt nudity in front of others who don't want to see it. Cover up. It gives your baby privacy to eat in peace.

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Honestly, it is no different from a couple having sex in public.

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Ppl constantly speak of how breastfeeding is soooo natural..that it is a woman's right..So what about taking a shit? Is it not natural? If I pop a squat in front of a bunch of 5 year old is that ok? It's just so natural...

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@ Krista

Oh no, Krista. See you have to respect THEIR right to breastfeed in public, even if they are making a big show about it and have their husband tape it and post it on the internet but heaven forbid you do something that might offend them.
Breastfeed all you want but when you are making a big public display of it and arguing, which causes more attention, it's obvious that's all you are doing it for. The husband could have supported his wife without taping it and posting it. But then it would not have caused such a firestorm.

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whilst i'm all for breastfeeding, I breastfed both my sons, I am for modesty. I agree a mom should breastfeed where she needs to even in public, but if you're being offered a room so you may do this privately, why not accept that? I don't agree with covering the baby, when baby is feeding you do not see any nipple or areola. but I do think that if the mom does this in public she should perhaps cover her upper breast area if her clothing does not. Yes, children should become accustomed to learning the natural way a baby feeds but that is up to that child's parent on where and when they learn. It is my right to feed my baby but not my right to expose other children to any of my body parts no matter how innocent I am being in doing so. Just a little modesty is all I ask, no need for people to get up in an outroar about this or have ''nurseins''. Just sayin as a proud free Texan woman.

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@ triciatxlady

Completely agree with triciatxlady! If a mother rejects modesty, who will teach it to her children? I don't need the legal right to bare my breasts in public because no law will change the fact that strangers would be seeing parts of me that I choose to save for myself and my husband.

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@ Helena

I also agree with triciatxlady. But see their is this new rule that you have to respect their right to breastfeed without covering but they don't have to respect your right to not have to see it. Turn your head, some say. Well what if I turn my head and another women is breastfeeding in that direction? What am I supposed to do? Close my eyes until they are done.

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I think they just want to show thier tits Vulgar trash

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@ Barbara+Crowley

@ Wow. Really? If they just wanted to "show their tits" they would walk around wearing pasties and work as a Bikini Baristas. These moms simply want to feed their babies in peace. I'm sorry you don't understand the concept of turning your head and looking the other way if a mother is FEEDING HER CHILD.

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I am not a mother, and I stillI think it is ridiculous that people have a problem with breastfeeding in public...she not flashing her nipple at random people for kicks. you can go to the beach or walk down the street and see more skin being shown than she was showing. She is feeding her child...grow up and worry about your self!