Mother Asked to Exit Bus for Nursing Newborn

A Michigan bus driver requested a woman to get off the bus when she began breast feeding her child.

Afrykahn Moon, 32, was riding the Smart Bus in Southfield, Michigan, when the driver asked her to cover up or exit the bus for nursing her two-week old newborn. When they arrived at the next stop she was ordered off the bus by security officers. “It’s ridiculous, it wasn’t like on the bus, causing a scene. All I was trying to do was feed my baby,” Moon told WXYZ.

According to the laws of the state, breastfeeding is not considered nudity, “A mother’s breast-feeding of her baby does not under any circumstances constitute nudity irrespective of whether or not the nipple is covered during or incidental to the feeding.”

Bus company spokesperson, Beth Gibbons, has advised that the company does not have rules or regulations against breast-feeding; drivers will be reminded that women are allowed to publicly nurse their babies while riding.

Sen. Rebekah Warren has plans of revisiting the breast-feeding laws to protect women against this type of discrimination. “The recent events in Taylor are just another example of why we need affirmative breast-feeding protections for Michigan’s mothers and children,” Warren stated.

An investigation into the incident is underway, and the driver has been placed on a paid leave.

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