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Protest at Berkshire Mall

In response to an instance of a breastfeeding mother being harassed by mall security at the Berkshire Mall, a group of mothers staged a nurse-in earlier this week.

Dozens of women staged a breast-feeding protest at the Berkshire Mall on Saturday to protest a security guard's recent action in telling a nursing mother to use a blanket or stop.

"If adults get hungry at the mall, they eat," said 24-year-old Lindsay J. Turner. "My child needs to eat, and he should be allowed to eat at the mall. Mothers should not be forced to breast-feed children in their homes. The babies need to eat when they get hungry."

The breast-feeding women and other protesters, some carrying signs with slogans such as "I was Breastfed in Public," said the "nurse-in" was a response to a Feb. 17 incident in which guards told Leigh Bellini, 29, of Shillington, to use a blanket or stop nursing her 7-month-old son.

"I am holding back tears," Bellini said before feeding her son at the protest. "I can't believe how much support I have here. I wasn't expecting this at all."

Footage of the protest:

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(Link to video courtesy The Lactivist Breastfeeding Blog)

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