ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) -A demonstration in St. George happened Saturday after many were outraged a breastfeeding mother was asked to cover up at a city pool.
Women from southern Utah gathered at the Sand Hollow Aquatic Center to breastfeed their babies and show solidarity for the mother.
“Mom’s should be able to breastfeed wherever they are, however they want to, and I just don’ t think that what they did was okay, so when I saw that I was like: Well, why don’t we get a group together and educate them on the matter?” Said Cortney Warren, a mom who helped organize the event.
Trinitie Harrison was with family at the city pool when it happened. She says a lifeguard told her she could be charged with nudity if she continued to breastfeed her 4-month-old son. However, in Utah, it is legal to breastfeed in public.
“It’s really healthy for our children to breastfeed them, so we do need to feel as comfortable as we can while we are doing it, so that we continue to do it,” said Harrison.
Trinitie’s story went viral, many were upset, but the pool’s manager welcomed the women on Saturday and apologized.
“Wow, I just didn’t understand the law. It’s not that I just didn’t understand it, I didn’t know it.
I just want to let the mom’s know that they are welcome here with their babies and nursing children.” said Kelly Humphreys, Manager at Sand Hollow Aquatic Center.
Mayor Jon Pike also came to show his support, admitting that he too didn’t know the law until this happened, but vowed to do better.
“We need to make sure that in our orientation and training programs that every employee understands, just so that we can be sensitive and appropriate to these mothers and these babies,” said Mayor Pike.
“The mayor even himself has learned the law on this issue, so I feel like this is going to be something the whole city benefits from,” said Harrison.