Que Pasa USA by Mystic Angel
January 2013
1Suspect in NYC subway death arrested before
2Bigger Tax Bite for Most Under Fiscal Pact
3 Two Women Sue After Roadside Body Cavity Search For Pot
4Common weeds that heal
5Unruly passenger taped to seat on Icelandair flight
6Ohio sheriff confronts protesters in football rape case
7Police Foil Teen's Bomb Plot on School
8Mother finds lost wallet, then distributes cash to her kids
9Breast-feeding Moms Unhappy With Mall’s Apology
10Boston declares health emergency amid U.S. flu outbreak
11Nico Marley, Bob Marley’s grandson, is a star prep LB headed for a bright collegiate future
13Police shoot armed suspect in San Diego theater
14Payroll Tax Takes a New Bite
15Children Record Song to Benefit Newtown, Conn., Causes(video)
16Newtown mom dreams about son, urges gun law reform
18Anonymous and encouraging message posted in university restroom
19Three hurt in firearm accident at North Carolina gun show
20Obama sworn in for a second term
21Brother vs. brother: John Harbaugh's Ravens beat Pats for Super Bowl date vs. Jim Harbaugh's 49ers
22Obama lauds progress on gay civil rights in inaugural address
24Gov. Scott can suck it
25Louisiana Police Officer Makes Mentally Disabled Teen's Dream Come True
26Awards Minute Video: What ever happened to Sacheen Littlefeather?
28Pa. Homeowner Sues Seller Over Home's Bloody Past
30Three shot at Phoenix office complex, manhunt for gunman under way
31Judge sentences convicted murderer Joel Lebron convicted of killing Ana Maria Angel in 2002
Breast-feeding Moms Unhappy With Mall’s Apology
January 9, 2013

Three mothers who were hassled at a mall in Delaware over breast-feeding say they are not satisfied with management's apology and will not return until the mall shares details about employee sensitivity training.

On Saturday, Autumne Murray, 23, Diana Hitchens, 25, and her sister-in-law Jessica Hitchens, 23, had staged a "nurse-in" at the Concord Mall to educate the public about a woman's legal right to nurse in public.

They brought signs bringing attention to the retail company, Hollister, in protest of a nursing mother who was reportedly asked to leave a store in Houston.

One of the signs read, "Hey Hollister, my baby has a right to eat. It's the law."

The women say they aren't members of a breast-feeding advocacy group, but they have been in contact with the Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware, a group of healthcare professionals who aim to increase public awareness of the benefits of breast-feeding babies.

The three women said they had no problems with the Hollister employees at the Concord Mall. But when they left the store, security guards and a state trooper, pictured below, questioned whether they were exposing themselves and were told they would have to leave if they did so.

The Concord Mall issued a statement on Monday, saying it "has never had an issue with any mother breast-feeding her children in the mall and intends to fully comply with the law permitting this activity."

(Image credit: Diana Hitchens) A spokeswoman for the mall declined to elaborate on the statement.

"Two officers from a security agency that works with the mall responded to the protest in a manner that the protesters have indicated was inappropriate. These two officers have been removed from the Mall pending further investigation."

"We apologize to our customers and tenants and the protesters for any inconvenience this situation may have caused. The Concord Mall is making every effort to properly train all officers regarding a mother's right to breast-feed her child."

Diana Hitchens, mother of three children, said she feels that the apology is "half-hearted.

"They don't admit to any wrongdoing. They said we felt like we were treated improperly. They don't admit that we were," Hitchens said.

Also at issue is what the mall says was a "crude" remark on its "unofficial" Facebook page that it denies posting. In Facebook posts, a user under "Concord Mall" defended the security guards and said the mothers were an "eyesore."

The mall said it is reporting the violations to Facebook for posts that were not authorized.

The women say they are planning another nurse-in at the mall on Jan. 20 at 3 p.m.

"They said they hope this will not happen again," Hitchens said. "They didn't tell us what they are going to do. Our goal is that they implement staff training."

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