Mother says she was asked to cover up while breast feeding in public
A Sussex County mother says that she felt embarrassed and shamed when she was asked to stop breastfeeding her daughter in public.
Michelle Ayala says that she was at Franklin Pond Tuesday breastfeeding her 2-year-old daughter Daisy when Franklin Pond employees asked her to stop breastfeeding because it was making other patrons uncomfortable.
Ayala says that one of those patrons was Franklin Borough administrator and former Assemblywoman Alison McHose, who apparently said that Ayala was being indecent.
“I stated the law. I said, no, I’m allowed to nurse wherever I’m allowed,” Ayala says. “Daisy is 2 years old. There is no way I’m going to cover her up. She won’t let me.”
The police were eventually called after Ayala refused to cover up and stop breastfeeding. But Franklin Borough police say that Ayala was not in violation of any state or local ordinances, so they left.
“I feel uncomfortable in my own town. I feel the words they used, inappropriate and offensive. I’m not an offensive person,” she says.
News 12 New Jersey attempted to speak with Assemblywoman McHose about the situation. She answered her phone when called, but quickly hung up.
Some Franklin Borough residents told News 12 that they want to keep Franklin Pond a “family” destination. One resident said that Ayala should have gone to her car if she wanted to breastfeed.