Breastfeeding mom fined for bringing baby to jury duty
MISSOURI — A Missouri mother is facing a court date for refusing to leave her baby at home when she was called for jury duty.
Laura Trickle said she couldn’t leave her son behind because she breastfeeds him. But that didn’t get her off the hook.
Trickle reported for jury duty in September with her son, Axel, hoping the judge would grant an exemption.
Instead, he gave her two options. She could either pump on breaks or bring someone to watch Axel and breastfeed on breaks.
She told the judge she couldn’t do either one.
“I would be able to pump on breaks, unfortunately Axel doesn’t take a bottle, so that’s not an option for us,” she said.
“The other option was to have someone stay with me all day and then be able to nurse on breaks. But since I’m a stay at a home mom we don’t have childcare.”
Trickle was charged with contempt of court.
In addition to the contempt charge, Trickle also faces up to a $500 fine.
According to the Kansas City Star, new legislation may be introduced in the next session that would exempt breastfeeding mothers from jury duty in Missouri.
Such an exemption would help encourage more Missouri mothers to breastfeed.
Read more: The Kansas City Star