Doctor Throws Breastfeeding Mom Out Of Office Because ‘It Makes Him Uncomfortable’ (VIDEO)
A new mom struggling with postpartum depression was kicked out of her doctor’s office for nursing her baby — despite the fact that she’d waited two months to get an appointment.
According to her, Nichole Moore from St. Petersburg, Florida, was sitting in psychiatrist Dr. Mark Simko’s waiting room for 30 minutes before her appointment. Because she was unable to find a babysitter, Moore was accompanied by Emma, her 8-month-old daughter. Although Emma slept through the half-hour wait to see Simko, she woke up during Moore’s appointment and needed to be fed. Because public breastfeeding is legal in the state of Florida, Moore decided to breastfeed her baby – and it was all downhill from there:
“He told me I couldn’t because I wouldn’t be giving me his full attention. I said, ‘Are you kidding me?!’ I can do both, and I told him that I’ve never had an issue multi-tasking in any appointment ever!”
It only got worse from there. Reports say Simko first told Moore that if she wanted to breastfeed, a female staff member needed to be present for the session. He left the room and came back with the receptionist, who instead told Moore that her appointment with Simko was over because “it makes him uncomfortable.” Moore said, “I don’t understand how a doctor can feel uncomfortable with this.”
Moore was told to leave the office without finishing her paid-for session, and forced to breastfeed Emma outside in the heat, awkwardly leaning against a pole for support. Here’s a report of Moore’s story, courtesy of Newsy:
Florida laws state that a mother “may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.”
Moore is shocked that she was treated this way – especially by a doctor. “The law in Florida says I can breastfeed my daughter anywhere I am allowed to be,” she said. “I don’t think any woman should be shamed if a tiny piece of her breast is exposed for a second. I definitely don’t think a doctor should make a woman feel that way.”
Dr. Simko is affiliated with Bayecare Health Systems, whose policy states that appointments can be paused if a mother needs to nurse, and that medical professionals must give mothers privacy to do so.
Moore is seeking an apology from Simko, considering that she was kicked out of an appointment she never finished but paid for. She is currently looking for a new psychiatrist so she can provide Emma with the love and care she needs. Moore said, “I just want to be the best mom for her.”
Unfortunately, Moore’s experience is hardly isolated. It seems that even when state laws protect moms and their babies by allowing public feedings, they are often at the mercy of conservative mindsets that just want to make life hell. For example, a mother in Oklahoma (another state where breastfeeding in public is legal) was almost evicted for nursing her baby on her own porch. And just to show how ridiculous right-wing America is about breasts, a new mom shopping at Victoria’s Secret — a company that has racy advertisements showing more breast than she was — was kicked out for feeding her hungry baby. It’s become such a hot issue that even Pope Francis has spoken in favor of letting mothers breastfeed in peace.
For a country that brags about the freedoms women have, we’re completely failing mothers and going out of our way to make life more challenging for them.
Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info