Breasts are God’s gift to the wee little babies we insist be born, but ugh, keep them out of church.
A Georgia woman was told to “cover up and go away” when she started breastfeeding her newborn child during a church service. The pastor ordered Nirvana Jennette to feed her baby in the bathroom, and when she objected he told her that breastfeeding is lewd and compared her to a stripper.
The pastor asked Jennette to not return to the church, which Jennette describes as a “biker church” with a congregation made up of people who ride motorcycles.
Georgia law says a mother may breastfeed her baby in any location where she and the baby are otherwise permitted to be. If an establishment prohibits a woman from feeding her baby in public, they must provide an alternative. Jennette says a bathroom doesn’t qualify.
She’s right. Georgia law specifically tells employers that they have to provide a “private location, other than a toilet stall” for their employees who pump breast milk. Because, you know, the pastor hadn’t already screwed this one up so badly.