LivingA teacher forbids a student to breastfeed her baby...

A teacher forbids a student to breastfeed her baby during an online class: "Do it in your free time"

It seems that a routine as natural as breastfeeding in public does not quite catch on in everyone’s mind and that there is still a long way to go. If not, tell Marcella Mares, a university student in California (United States) who suffered the humiliation of a teacher during one of her online classes for breastfeeding her baby.

The young mother decided to report it on her Instagram account and to the coordinator of her studies.

“I felt humiliated”

Marcella, mother of a 10-month-old baby, received an email from one of her teachers at Fresno City College on September 23, requiring students to have their cameras and microphones turned on from then on during online classes.

Marcella responded to the email stating that there was no problem with having her camera and microphone turned on, but that she would turn them off when her daughter had to breastfeed . And he got a response that was not expected at all:

“I’m glad you can have the camera and microphone on, but please don’t breastfeed your daughter during class because that’s not what you should be doing. Just do it after class.”

The student says she was shocked and upset because “I didn’t like her telling me what I can and cannot do with my baby, especially in my own home because education is distance learning.”

But the outrage got worse when the teacher commented to all the students that he had received a “strange” email from a student who wanted to do some “inappropriate” things during class: “he had publicly betrayed me.

Marcella decided to comment on what happened with the course coordinator and, three days later, she received an apology from the teacher by email:

“I am sorry for the inconvenience related to your intention to breastfeed your baby. From now on, you have the right to breastfeed your baby at any time in class, which includes during group work and taking an exam. You can turn off your camera at any time as needed. “

As the college coordinator explains to CNN, the teacher was not aware of California law , which requires that “schools support students during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, which includes missing a class to feed the baby without academic penalty. “

Public denunciation of breastfeeding rights

The young mother was so offended that she decided to make public the bad treatment she received from her teacher on her Instagram account and make him go through the same humiliation that she felt.


Marcella assures that, although she does not usually write long posts, this one is worth it, as well as publishing a private photo that shows that “I can concentrate in class while I breastfeed my son.”

After recounting what happened in class with her teacher, she explains to her followers that when you are a mother “you have to be creative to take care of the baby and, at the same time, keep the class concentrated.”

She adds in her comment that she humiliated not only her but other mothers by saying “put those distractions aside or get creative when your child needs you .” He assures that “we are talking about a child, not about our telephones or televisions.” It ends by saying that:

“I love my baby and would choose his well-being over anyone or anything, any day of the week!”

“Mothers who breastfeed and any mother who tries to juggle school, work, and a child should be commended, not humiliated.”

Fortunately, cases like this are isolated events . On more than one occasion we have spoken of teachers who support young parents to study. Even Marcella assures that she has had no problems with breastfeeding in any of her other classes. The rest of the teachers have supported him.

Hopefully this is the general trend, and that we do not have to continue denouncing situations in which a mother is humiliated for feeding her baby in public.

Photos | iStock

In Babies and More | The beautiful photos of mothers breastfeeding during quarantine to normalize breastfeeding in public, “If you want to breastfeed your baby, pass without asking permission”: a great initiative to support breastfeeding worthy of imitation

Breastfeeding in children older than one year: breastfeeding from 12 months is not spoiling

The first thing that caused me doubt when writing the post was the title. I have often heard the terms prolonged breastfeeding to refer to children older than 12 months who are still nursing. Or breastfeeding in older children. And yet, I get the impression that these terms refer to something that is not normal, as if breastfeeding had to have a short duration or children beyond the age of 2 years were considered too old to breastfeed.

Breast cancer during breastfeeding: a difficult diagnosis to face

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Spain. So far this year, 35,000 new cases have been diagnosed in our country according to the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC), and it is estimated that one in eight women will have breast cancer at some point in her life. However, it has a high survival rate: more than 90 percent overcome it or it becomes chronic, achieving a great quality of life.

My baby is very distracted while breastfeeding: why it happens and how to get...

During the first weeks of life, breastfed babies often only want to be at their mother's breast. The shots are long (practically one with another), the baby's movements are slow and calm, and the exchange of glances between mother and child is constant.

Mixed breastfeeding in twins: how to organize to feed two babies

The WHO recommends that babies under six months be exclusively breastfed. Mothers who have twins or fraternal twins are capable of producing milk for both of them, since we know that the greater the stimulation, the greater the production of milk; women in these cases can produce... up to 2 liters of milk a day!

Does your baby "tune in" to the nipple while nursing? Why does it do...

Does your baby play and touch the nipple that is free while he is sucking on the other one? This is a behavior popularly known as "tuning" (the child moves the nipple as if tuning a radio), and although it is completely normal and natural, it can be uncomfortable for some mothers.