Caught on video

Store employees defend woman breastfeeding baby from angry man

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Screen shot from a video showing a man berating a mom for breastfeeding her infant in public. (Facebook)

A woman from Connecticut posted shocking video on her Facebook page showing an angry man berating her and others because she was breastfeeding her infant while in a big box retail store. In a heartwarming turn, though, as the man’s verbal assault continued, several store employees came to the woman’s defense and prevented the situation from escalating.

Jessie Maher was shopping in a Target in Torrington Connecticut on Monday when she sat down in the store’s cafeteria to nurse her 1-month-old daughter. A man at the counter buying food noticed her and flew into a fit of rage, saying, “Can’t you do that somewhere else? That’s f***ing disgusting,” according to Maher’s Facebook post. Maher said he also called her a “whore.” She then pulled out her smartphone and began recording the incident as the angry man demanded a refund and began accosting other customers. As he ranted, Maher panned her camera down showing her baby sucking away, unaware of the tense moment unfolding around her. But Maher said the man’s verbal assault was causing her to shake.

Clearly disturbed by what they were witnessing, several Target employees came to Maher’s defense as the man insisted Maher was “disrespecting me.” They stood between her and him creating a literal line of defense with their bodies, as he continued to rail. As Maher repeated that she was shaking from the incident, the camera still rolling, one woman comforted her. “You shouldn’t be ashamed of feeding your baby,” she told Maher. “He can go the other way. This is a beautiful moment. If he doesn’t like it he can go.” She then turned her attention to the man and said, “Then don’t look, OK? I’m here to protect her.” The woman pointed out to him that with all of the genuinely critical issues facing the world, this was not one to make a federal case out of.

The man eventually cooled off and walked away, and was followed out of the cafeteria by an employee. The employees’ steadfast actions during the tense moment were not lost on Maher. “The amount of people coming at me to defend me was amazing,” she told a local TV station. “Everyone that was right in that area was there for me, defending me, so it felt really good.”

In a subsequent Facebook post, Maher thanked those on social media who have supported her. “I just wanted to let everyone know how much we appreciate the outpouring of love and support that we have received,” she said, adding, “I choose not to cover up because I am not ashamed of what my breasts are intended for. I stand with all mamas breastfeeding, bottle feeding, covered or not. It is hard enough being a mother, period.”

Watch the stunning footage, which has racked up more than five million views and counting, below.

 

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

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