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Tulsa city councilor wants women to know their breastfeeding rights

Posted: 5:30 PM, Aug 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-14 18:30:24-04

TULSA -- A Tulsa city councilor wants women in Tulsa to know their rights when it comes to nursing in public.

Back in March, Tulsa women performed a nurse-in, protesting after a Tulsa Municipal Court officer told a mother she couldn't breastfeed her baby in the hallway and directed her to the bathroom.

"I immediately reached out to the Mayor and said I want to do a resolution supporting breastfeeding because we don’t want it to be just legal, we want it to be comfortable," said Kara Joy McKee, City Councilor for district four.

McKee, who is a new mom, proposed a resolution supporting existing Oklahoma law, allowing women the right and freedom to breastfeed in all public places in the city of Tulsa.

"All of my coworkers have been supportive of Tsula and I, but I know that’s not the case in every profession," said McKee.

Jessica Miller is a mother of two boys. Her youngest, Jordan, is less than a year old. She was surprised with positive feedback after breastfeeding in a restaurant here in Tulsa.

"I found this little card on my purse that said thank you for supporting breastfeeding in public, you doing it helps it be more natural for other women to be more confident in doing it as well," said Miller.

McKee wants all women to feel comfortable feeding their child, because being a mother is hard enough.

"I would never nurse in a bathroom or in a closet, I’m going to do what I need to do for my baby and if somebody has an issue with it, they can walk away," said Miller.

Voting to approve and deliver the resolution will take place Wednesday August 28 during the regular city council meeting at 5 p.m.

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