Proposed changes to breastfeeding bills

Posted at 10:47 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 23:58:14-05

Krisdee Donmoyer was asked to move rooms while breastfeeding her son.

"What I felt when I was told to move to a private room was awful," Donmoyer said.

This situation not only inspired Krisdee to be a part of the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition, but led her to help women around the world.

"A law is defined as much by what it does not say as by what it does say and that while I had the right to nurse my baby, it was not illegal to violate my right and that's just wrong," Donmoyer added. 

Donmoyer was in Austin on Monday when three breastfeeding-geared bills were proposed to the house. These bills would add to already existing bills and strengthen them.

"We have a law that is almost 22-years-old that mothers can breastfeed their babies in any location that they are authorized to be. They still frequently face discrimination for doing so. This bill would make it illegal to violate a mother's right to breastfeed,"  Donmoyer said.

Lauren Reyes has breastfed her four children for years and says she wants all women to be able to take care of their baby with whatever way they choose to feed them.

"It's so important that moms feel comfortable being out in public with their baby in general and feeding them is a huge part of that," Reyes said.

Reyes said she couldn't imagine a better feeling than a woman being able to care for their babies wherever they need to.

"It made me feel great to know that there are other women out there that were saying hey we already have this awesome law lets strengthen it," Reyes added.

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