NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A group of women are standing up for breastfeeding rights.
Several moms gathered for a nurse-in protest at the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Green Hills Friday afternoon.
Around a dozen women were welcomed on the grounds for the protest.
“I just want the people to be safe and we set up a tent out here and have some bottled water. You know, these are advocates for breastfeeding and we support them,” Larry Brown, Scout Executive of the Middle Tennessee Council told News 2.
The movement came after Jasmine Millar said she was shamed for breastfeeding at a troop meeting.
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When she went to the Middle Tennessee council, which oversees her oldest son’s boy scout troop, she received a letter asking her to cover up or leave the room because “some scouts and/or families are simply uncomfortable with public breastfeeding.”
Brown says the organization has sent a letter of apology to Millar.
“This was an unfortunate incident that was not handled appropriately, and we apologize for that,” he stated.
Millar says she appreciates the apology, but she wants policy in place.
“I am glad that they did apologize, but what I’m looking for now is national BSA policy on breastfeeding and education.”
Millar added that she is grateful for the group of supporters.
“You know, sometimes people stand up for what we believe even if we are standing alone, and today I know I’m not standing alone and it really means a lot to me,” she said.
News 2 reached out to the national council about enforcing policy.
They said the organization issued a reminder to all council leadership earlier this week highlighting that mothers that choose to breastfeed their children at meetings and events should be allowed to do so and should be treated with dignity and respect.