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Why the cops who ejected a breastfeeding mom from a Brad Paisley concert had the right idea

Ami is a writer who is also a childbirth educator and former doula. In addition to her love of all things birth and babies, she is addicted to celebrity news and isn't ashamed to admit it. Ami lives in Chicago with her husband and her te...

I support breastfeeding in public, but not when it endangers a baby

Police say Megan Christopherson was asked to leave the pit area at a Brad Paisley concert due to concerns over her baby’s safety. She says it’s because she was breastfeeding in public. I say she’s being ridiculous.

I'm a childbirth educator who nursed my babies in public, so when I read stories about moms being asked to leave establishments because someone is uncomfortable watching a baby eat, my blood boils.

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Naturally, when I watched an interview with Christopherson for her local news station, I assumed I would be up in arms. I was — but not for the reason I thought I would be.

I sat on my couch, shaking my head in disbelief that she would stand in a pit at a concert with a 4-month-old baby. I thought, you can't fix stupid.

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I support breastfeeding in public, but not when it endangers a baby

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During the Paisley show, Christopherson was asked to move to a seated area and was also given the option of a full refund.

She says she stood in the pit for a Tim McGraw concert and wasn't asked to leave, so police are using the noise safety reason as a "cop out" because she was nursing in public.

Maybe she's right. I thought she may have a point until she said, "It's a country concert. I wasn't at a death metal or a rap concert."

So, that makes it OK?

What was she thinking?

I don’t care what kind of music is playing, a crowd of fans that close to their favorite singer or band is going to go crazy. Usually, in a good way — but not always. The pit is no place for a baby.

I’m not the fun police or the breastfeeding police. Moms have the right to breastfeed whenever and wherever they choose, but in this case I'm not sure if playing the nursing-in-public card is right.

I don't think bottle-fed babies should be in a pit area, either, with speakers blasting who knows how many decibels of music. I know many parents who are musicians and even their older kids wear noise-cancelling headphones or ear plugs at loud events.

I will always support women breastfeeding babies in public, but I support safety and common sense more.

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