There’s yet another controversy in the ever-contentious subject of breastfeeding in public.
Afrykayn Moon, a 32-year-old mother of two from Taylor, Michigan on her way to rent a car, learned the hard way that some folks don’t mind if you need to breastfeed, they just really don’t want to see it. While riding a Southeast Michigan SMART community bus last Friday, Moon was shocked when she was commanded to cover up while breastfeeding by the bus driver, or remove herself from the vehicle. Moon claims she had her 2-week-old baby boy in a football wrap so she believed no one could see very much. When Moon aptly refused to oblige with either requests, the driver refused to move from the stop. Moon says security officers from a nearby mall were called, rather than police, and came onto the bus to question her. Once the officers found that she was not necessarily an “unruly” passenger and let her stay on, they got off the vehicle. However, Moon says she was still berated by the driver after the officers’ departure and decided to have a relative come and pick her up from the bus, as she claims she was being cursed at in front of her son and 3-year-old daughter.
Coincidentally, Moon is part of the group, the Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association, and says she is familiar with breastfeeding laws in the state. Tomorrow, Moon and more than 50 other women plan to stage a protest at the terminal where the driver allegedly leaves from. The driver is currently on paid leave until the incident is finished being investigated. In another awkward twist of events, the scolding driver who instructed Moon to cover up or get off the bus was also a woman. Interesting…
Do you think Moon should have covered up? Or was the driver out of line?