Skip to main content
Publish date:

Protest planned after moms asked to cover up while breastfeeding at public pool in Mora

The peaceful demonstration takes place outside the pool on Saturday.

A woman's complaint about two mothers breastfeeding at a Kanabec County pool will lead to a "nurse-in" demonstration on Saturday.

Unfortunate scenes unfolded at the Mora Aquatic Center on Wednesday when two breastfeeding moms were asked to cover up by an apparently offended woman.

Sheriff's deputies were called in as the situation escalated, FOX 9 reports, after the mothers refused to move to another area of the center, stating that they had every legal right to breastfeed where they please.

The mothers involved were Stephanie Ellingson-Buchanan and her sister-in-law Mary Davis, with Buchanan telling the Kanabec County Times the incident left her "humiliated."

On Facebook, she wrote: "I don't expect any grown adult to go eat in the locker room and I'm not going to remove the other children I have with me to go sit in the locker room also while I feed my baby, it's absolutely disgusting and maddening that this is how this establishment treats moms!!!"

Now local mothers are responding to the incident by holding a peaceful demonstration outside the center on Saturday.

Dubbed a "poolside nurse-in," the Facebook event page says it's a "peaceful demonstration that us Mamas can and will nurse when we want and where we want."

Follow Bring Me The News on Google News

"This is about our legal right to nurse in public as a result of our decision to breastfeed," it adds, and not about a debate of formula vs breastmilk.

"This is not a personal attack on the pool, it’s staff, or the police," it continues. "This incident was created by a woman’s issue about another woman breast feeding her child.

"We just want to normalize breastfeeding and bring some awareness to this. Our breasts were created for this sole purpose so why do we get bashed when using them appropriately?"

Under Minnesota law, mothers may breastfeed "in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be," and it's not considered "indecent exposure."

Officials in Mora, which is 70 miles north of Minneapolis, told the Kanabec County Times the breastfeeding "made many patrons uncomfortable," but has offered a full apology to Buchanan and Davis and says it will review its policies and procedures.

Next Up

Jamal Smith

Accused Hwy 169 shooter loses phone privileges over alleged witness tampering

Jamal Smith is charged with fatally shooting a youth coach this past July.

pixabay - covid vaccine record card

COVID-19 booster shots now available to all Minnesota adults

Gov. Tim Walz's announcement qualifies around 1.7 million people in Minnesota for a booster shot.

Willians Astudillo

Twins release Astudillo, add Lewis, Miranda to 40-man roster

The Twins also signed Jake Cave to a one-year deal.

Screen Shot 2021-11-20 at 8.00.04 AM

Four children missing from home in St. Anthony, Minnesota

Police are seeking help finding the four siblings.

bentleyville lights duluth 2020 - Kristian's Photos Flickr

Welcome back, Bentleyville: Beloved Tour of Lights returns

The Duluth event is back to being a walkthrough show this year.

Lake COuntry Power linemen photo - 11.17.21

Woman rescued from icy water by men who spotted overturned car

Her car hit a slick spot, went off the road, and flipped — landing in 4 feet of water.

Screen Shot 2020-08-01 at 9.18.10 AM

Felon gets 14.5 years in prison following road rage incident

Authorities found drugs and weapons in his truck following the crash.

kilen woods state park - flickr - tony webster

Take a hike! Free admission to MN State Parks on Black Friday

The annual promotion returns for the seventh year in a row.

boardwalk bar and grill - east grand forks

AG settles lawsuits with 2 MN restaurants that violated COVID orders

They were ordered to pay tens of thousands of dollars to the state.


Girl in hospital after being pulled from bottom of Edina pool

It's the latest in a line of near-drownings involving young children.

Screen Shot 2020-08-18 at 10.09.44 AM

Protesters condemned after they destroy piñata of WCCO's Liz Collin

Protesters were demonstrating outside the home of Collin and her husband, Minneapolis police union chief Bob Kroll.

Toddler pulled unconscious from Woodland Township pool dies

The 3-year-old tragically passed away on Sunday.

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 11.04.26 AM

Woodbury mom charged with attempted murder of 5-year-old daughter

She's also been charged with assaulting her son, who she was seen chasing along a street.

Lou Raguse

KARE 11 reporter Lou Raguse harassed again while covering protest

It's the second time in a week that Raguse has been targeted.

Police identify pregnant woman killed in crash with semi

Casey Myers was killed when a semi ran a stop sign near Sartell on Monday.