Mom says she was booted from concert for breastfeeding
A California mother is fuming after she says she was escorted from a concert for breastfeeding. Megan Christopherson says she was shocked and scared when a Chula Vista Police Officer ordered her and her daughters to move out of the pit area as Brad Paisley began playing. Christopherson recorded the confrontation with police.During the recording the police officer can be heard telling Christopherson that she needed to leave because she was putting one of her children in danger with the loud music. The video is causing an outrage because Christopherson believes she was singled out for breast-feeding her four-month-old, Gracie, who was strapped to her chest. "It completely was a cop-out. They're trying to cover this up because they know they legally can't remove me for nursing," Christopherson said. Christopherson is not backing down. She said that the confrontation with police came after she was approached by a woman from concert security. "She said that there were complaints about me and that I needed to stop. So I said I'll stop when my baby's done nursing," Christopherson said. The law says women can breast-feed anywhere in public that mothers are allowed to be. "I'm shocked. I'm disgusted at our society that women are shamed into nursing in bathrooms or their cars, or feeding their baby a bottle only because they're scared to nurse in public," Christopherson said. Chula Vista police say the officer asked the mom to move her baby and her 8-year-old daughter to different seats for the baby's own good. "The child doesn't have hearing protection on. The crowd is going to surge forward, where you're going to get crushed. So we're afraid of your child getting crushed and we're afraid of your child's ear drums being hurt," The officer can be heard saying during the video.
Christopherson says she's not done taking her daughters to concerts but she is done with the amphitheater in question. (Video Source: CNN)