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Apparently breastfeeding is a popular topic in the news right now, because I just came across another article online.
A Denver mother is less than happy after a judge "embarrassed" her in court. The mother said she had no choice but to bring her 6-month-old to jury selection since she is breastfed. The court denied her request for deferment.
What do you all think about this situation? Should the courts be more understanding toward breastfeeding mothers?
I think it probably would have been best for the mother to try to get a sitter while she went into the courtroom to explain her situation. I can see why the judge would be upset about a baby in the jury selection. However, I do think a mother should be able to get a deferment and be able to serve her jury duty at a later date if she is breastfeeding.
Here is the full article: http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-breastfeeding-mom-says-judge-embarras...
Honestly, I kind of agree with the judge. As a mom who also breastfed, I don't agree that all breastfeeding women should get excused from jury duty. I'm a little confused though. Maybe the laws for deferment are different in Colorado, but I have been able to defer because I am the primary caregiver of my child and do not have someone to watch her. It's one of the selections. So I think it's odd that she is even in that situation.
I'm more apt to agree with her that she may have needed to bring her daughter because she is a stay-at-home mom and there is no one else to watch her child.
And I know it may sound harsh to agree with the judge, but many moms who have had babies that are breastfeeding who don't take a bottle are forced to pump and leave a bottle when they go back to work. So for this mom to say she couldn't do that is, in my opinion, a little ridiculous.