Breastfeeding Texas Mom Stands Her Ground When Asked to 'Cover Up'

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(Photo: Yahoo Beauty / Kayla Martinez)

Kayla Martinez was spending an afternoon with her two daughters at an indoor trampoline park in Amarillo, Texas when an employee told her that the staff had received four separate complaints about her breastfeeding. He assured her she could do whatever she wanted and offered her a separate room to nurse her 8-month-old.

Martinez wrote in a Facebook post that has almost 3,000 shares and over 1,000 comments that she declined the separate room and moved to a more secluded part of the park. However, that wasn't enough for one of the women who complained earlier.

A woman, who Martinez described to be in her mid-fifties, scolded Martinez for sexualizing the young boys around the trampoline park by breastfeeding in public.

“The woman went out of her way to verbally attack me,” Martinez told Yahoo Beauty. “She was enraged and began to degrade me, calling me ‘indecent,’ and saying that I was sexually exposing myself to her nephew.”

The 26-year-old said the woman's complain made her feel ashamed for feeding her baby.

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“I felt such shame for doing what should be considered normal and a beautiful moment between a mother and a child,” she says. “Breasts are for feeding your sons and daughters.”

“I am feeding my child, she is hungry, and it was time for me to do what any mother would do — take care of her baby,” she said.

After the woman threatened to call the police on Martinez, Martinez replied that she was doing nothing wrong, and her ex-husband, who also happens to be a police officer, backed her up.

"He promptly told her you being offended does not mean it's illegal," she wrote on Facebook. "She's protected to breastfeed anywhere she chooses."

Martinez said the women continued to create a scene. "Her rant went on for 3-4 minutes," she wrote on Facebook. "Mothers watched, dads listened and children crowded around. I sat there in the floor, helpless, with my boob out nursing Natalie."

Martinez waited out the rant, but says she "broke down" after the woman left.

“I had to be strong, not just for me but for the many other mothers that have gone through this,” she told Yahoo Beauty. “There is nothing wrong with your body, and there shouldn’t be a stigma in our society that breasts are meant to be sexual body parts for enjoyment. The reality is that they are solely for mommies feeding their babies.”

“I was as strong as I can be, but her nasty words were too much. I don’t wish this experience on anyone.”

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