Is Your Office Breastfeeding Friendly?

October 27, 2014

A patient in Texas was thrown out of her ObGyn/Pediatrician's office for breastfeeding. And we want to know what you think about it.

Have you heard about this? According to KCBD News Channel 11 in Lubbock, Texas, Erin Peña reported that she was thrown out of her ObGyn/Pediatrician's office for breastfeeding.

Apparently, Peña was thrown out of University Medical Center (UMC) for breastfeeding her 4-month-old baby while she was waiting for an appointment for her child's immunizations. The story goes something like this:

- Receptionist asks her to either breastfeed in the bathroom or a back room because her breastfeeding is making other patients uncomfortable.

- Peña refuses and says she has a right to breastfeed wherever she wants to.

- Receptionist says she will cancel her child's appointment and call security if she doesn't stop.

- Peña looks for her doctor for support, but when she finds her doctor the doctor confirms she isn't allowed to breastfeed in the lobby and threatens the patient with arrest for entering her office (HIPAA violation).

- Receptionist calls security.

- Security comes and escorts Peña out of the building.

- Peña, furious, posts what happened on the Facebook page of her local news station.

- Now the story is national news and a PR nightmare for UMC.

 

What would your response be to a patient breastfeeding in the waiting room?

And possibly more importantly, how would your office staff handle such a situation?

(Here's more on the story, but first tell us what you think. We really want to know!)