Mom Breastfeeding Child Asked to Leave Texas Public Swimming Pool

A woman breastfeeding her 10-month-old baby at a public swimming pool in Texas was allegedly ordered by a lifeguard and then a manager to stop and then leave. The mother said when she didn't immediately vacate the premises, the manager called the police.

Misty Daugereaux of Texas City was nursing her son, Maxx, at the Nessler Family Aquatic Center on Sunday afternoon.

"I had a small slit in my top, so I slid it over so he could nurse," Daugereaux told KHOU.

She said a lifeguard told her that since it was a public pool, she must stop feeding her son. Daugereaux posted about her experience on Facebook.

"Then the manager told me I had to cover up, follow the rules or leave," Daugereaux wrote.

She didn't immediately leave, and that's when Daugereaux said the police were called to force her out of the park.

With her 4-year-old daughter and nephew also with her, Daugereaux said she didn't want to create a scene, and she left the park in tears. She said there was one woman who "stood up" for her as officers from the Texas City Police Department escorted her from the pool.

"I'm so hurt, embarrassed and ashamed that this is what Texas City stands for," Daugereaux posted on Facebook. "I was alone not wanting to cause a scene and scare my kids, to the momma that stood up for me thank you."

Texas City Mayor Matthew T. Doyle said the city's nursing policy and how the aquatic center responded are now under review.

"We apologize to Misty Daugereaux as it is clear she was offended by how she was treated at our city facility," the mayor said in a released statement. "City policies and procedures will be reviewed and revised as deemed necessary. Any deficiencies regarding our employee's actions will be addressed with further training."

Daugereaux's social media post drew more than 3,000 comments and 1,700 shares within the first 24 hours of her posting about the incident.

On Monday morning, a group of mothers showed up at the public pool for a "nurse-in" to show their support of Daugereaux, per the Houston Chronicle.

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