Mother asked to stop breastfeeding infant by deputy at Georgia grocery store
COLUMBUS, Ga. — A mother is furious after a Georgia sheriff’s deputy told her to stop breastfeeding because others might find it “offensive.”
In a viral Facebook post, Savvy Shukla says she was shamed Sunday night for breastfeeding her child while shopping at a local Piggly Wiggly.
Tonight while in Piggly Wiggly with my sister and both my children (the oldest 20mos and the youngest 1 month old today) while nursing a Deputy approached me right when I was about to leave and informed that I needed to cover up because someone might find it “offensive”
I repeated the law back to him stating that Georgia state law says I can breastfeed however most comfortable wherever I want as long as I’m authorized to be there.
He then grows flustered and says “No ma’am that’s not the case.” And I said
“No I know what the law says” for him to say:
“You just THINK you know what the law says and if your nipple becomes exposed I really don’t want to have to arrest you or you be arrested for being offensive. This isn’t like the first amendment where you can say something offensive.”
I then repeated what the GA state law says and told him if someone finds this offensive something is wrong with them.
Muscogee County Sheriff John T. Darr responded to Shukla through a Facebook post on Monday, apologizing for the incident and assuring her that his office will look into the matter.
WTMV reports that Shukla has filed a complaint and no action will be taken until the end of the investigation.
Georgia Code An. § 31-1-9 says a mother “has a right to breastfeed in public.”