Mothers stand up for breastfeeding rights

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – More than 20 mothers gathered Thursday at Ingham County Friend of the Court in Lansing.

The protest was sparked by a case from last week where KyLee Dickinson says she was asked to leave the courtroom. But what really happened?

“And I said, well, if I, like I made him repeat it, so if I want to breastfeed I need to leave? And he’s like yeah you can’t breastfeed in here. This is like an official hearing,” said KyLee Dickinson, mother from court.

“And it is my understanding that he did not tell her, she could not breastfeed,” said Judge Janelle Lawless, chief circuit court judge.

The question of whether Dickinson was asked to leave over breastfeeding or a fussing child is still a debate. But mothers gathered Thursday hoping to raise awareness for a larger issue.

“Children under 12 months old need to have different protocols than other children especially when they’re exclusively breastfeed,” said Jessica Kobliska, mother.

“I just think it’s our natural birthright to breastfeed our children if, if we weren’t intended to, we wouldn’t have breasts that make milk,” said Jenda Kole, mother.

Dickinson and Judge Lawless did meet and Lawless had one message.

“You know we’re very sorry that this happened, we’re sorry of the effect that this had on miss Dickinson, in this matter,” said Judge Lawless.

There is one thing they agreed on.

“And so some training for them so it doesn’t happen again,” said KyLee Dickinson.

“We need to do some training. We need to get the staff together, and talk to them about how to better handle situations like this,” said Judge Lawless.

The court says the next step will be that training of its officials.

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