Savannah Shukla appeared on WTVM News to discuss being shamed for breastfeeding. Image: WTVM
Perhaps it’s even more bewildering that a sheriff’s deputy thought it was so offensive he threatened to arrest the young mum.
Savannah Shukla was breastfeeding her hungry one-month-old son at a grocery store, when she was approached by the deputy who told her she “needed to cover up because someone might find it ‘offensive.’
Don’t patronise an informed mama!
The Georgia mother-of-two told the deputy that she knew the law and breastfeeding her child was within her rights, but he disagreed.
Savannah took to Facebook sharing a post about her terrible experience which has been shared countless times. She wrote that the deputy told her,
“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.”
Free the Nipple
The brave mum stood her ground insisting she did know the law as the officer continued to disagree. We’re astounded to report it only got worse as Savannah writes,
“He also pointed out how he could “already see my areola” and that if someone saw my nipple (even if I were trying to cover up) that he would have to arrest me and that he “really didn’t want to arrest me”. For him to see my areola he would’ve had to have been staring VERY hard.”
Stranger lends her support
A woman who witnessed the incident snapped the photo of Savannah and the deputy arguing. She came to Savvanah’s defence, approaching the officer to tell him she wasn’t offended by the mother feeding her hungry baby. She was so annoyed that she posted the photo and a post about the altercation to her Facebook page.
It’s good to know people have your back when all you’re trying to do is get that baby fed!
Taking a stand for all breastfeeding mums
Eventually the frustrated mother says she got mad enough to leave the scene wishing the officer a good night.
” And went to the car and boohooed and I’m still boohooing about it.”
We think she has a right to boohoo all she wants! After all breastfeeding isn’t as simple for some mothers as people believe, and as Savannah says, women don’t need any further barriers.
“I’m so upset about it and I understand why this type of harassment can cause moms to stop.”
Police department’s response
Savannah is taking this further filing an official complaint so no other mama has to experience the same thing. She told WTVM News that she filed an official complaint Monday morning, and hopes that no other mom will have to go through the same thing.
Meanwhile, Sheriff John T Darr has reached out to Savannah and spoken to the deputy about the matter. On his Facebook page he writes,
“My wife and I have four children, each of whom were breastfed, and two of my daughters now have small children of their own. Therefore, I fully understand and appreciate the right of a woman to feed her child wherever she is most comfortable,” Darr wrote.
“I would like to personally extend an apology to the woman involved, and we hope that she knows that these are not the opinions or practices of the office as a whole.”