Mother Stages NURSE-In after being kicked out of church for breastfeeding Mother Stages NURSE-In after being kicked out of church for breastfeeding
A woman who claims she was kicked out of church for breastfeeding has come together with other mothers to stage a ‘nurse-in’ protest. Amanda... Mother Stages NURSE-In after being kicked out of church for breastfeeding

A woman who claims she was kicked out of church for breastfeeding has come together with other mothers to stage a ‘nurse-in’ protest.

Amanda Zilliken was breastfeeding her four-month-old daughter at the back of Elevation Church when she says a volunteer turned on a flashlight and asked her to relocate to the ‘mother’s area.’

When she tried to carry on nursing, explaining to the volunteer that it was her right, Zilliken claims she was given little sympathy and taken to the ladies toilets.

“It embarrassed me and drew people’s attention,” Amanda told the Charlotte Observer.

“To take me to the mother’s restroom was totally unacceptable, humiliating – and illegal.”

The church is based in North Carolina where women are permitted by law to breastfeed in public spaces – even Pope France has said that it should be allowed in church.

“That’s the way it is. You mothers, go ahead and breastfeed, without fear. Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus,” he said during a speech back in January.

Following the incident, Zilliken posted an image of the bathroom where she was forced to breastfeed her baby.

“I just got kicked out of church for breastfeeding with a cover on and directed to the bathroom … shame on you Elevation,” she wrote.

Within a week, the post has been shared more than 1,600 times and won the attention of Ariel Tauro – a breastfeeding activist who is now helping the mother-of-three organise a ‘nurse-in’ protest during Sunday worship this week.

“When she questioned the volunteer, she was told it is not about her own comfort, but the comfort of others,’ says Kelsey Henderson, who is trying to raise money for Amanda to hire a lawyer.

“I want to make certain this does not happen to another woman at Elevation services. Not only should they have trained their staff better, there is no excuse for leading a breastfeeding mother to a bathroom.

“The goal of the lawsuit is to STOP the embarrassment and discrimination of breastfeeding mothers.”

Elevation Church has since responded with a statement saying, ““We do not have a policy that nursing mothers can’t be in the sanctuary. A volunteer had a conversation and felt both parties arrived at the same conclusion to exit mutually.

“We are sorry that this in any way offended anyone. We welcome everyone and anyone to attend Elevation church.”

Obinna Onyia

  • Ladyline sagpao

    2017-08-30 #1 Author

    The goal of the lawsuit is to STOP the embarrassment and discrimination of breastfeeding mothers.”

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  • Tabby

    2017-08-30 #2 Author

    Breastfeeding should not be offensive ! #freethenips

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  • Lady Em

    2017-08-30 #3 Author

    I totally disagree with that.
    It’s the mom’s right to feed her baby whenever he/she’s hungry, yeah, whenever and wherever she is, even whatever it takes, she’ll feed her baby.
    So these close minded people are saying that it’s okay to let that poor baby cry due to hunger since her momma is not on a suited/appropriate area
    Poor baby.

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  • jade

    2017-08-30 #4 Author

    breastmilk is the best milk

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  • Tyla

    2017-08-30 #5 Author

    Something should be done about this . No one should have to feed their child in a restroom . No one else eats in the restroom .

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  • Shampaine Dukes

    2017-08-30 #6 Author

    Breastfeeding is natural and is best so it isnt defensive 😂😍😍

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  • Christy

    2017-08-31 #7 Author

    Wow this is crazy and sad especially in a church. If you wouldn’t eat your food in a restroom why ask a mom to do that to her child.

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  • Neff

    2017-08-31 #8 Author

    It’s sad and a shame that she was treated in such way. She was privately breastfeeding in a public area it’s not like she was exposing her self to the whole church. Churches and other public places should have designated breastfeeding areas besides the bathroom

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  • Shavetta

    2017-08-31 #9 Author

    If your breastfeeding you shouldn’t have to get kicked out of anywhere that like saying you can’t feed your baby besides breastfeeding is good for babies it’s the best milk

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  • Kathryn Bonzon Smith

    2017-09-01 #10 Author

    I think every churches should have a nursery room where kids can play and occupies mom and daddy time with God.
    For example on our church here we have a nursery room where kids can hang out and play with someone that looking after them as well , youre free to stay if you want there is also a tv there where you can watch the pastor preaching. Some mom breastfeed there as well.
    People should start being open minded and stop hating and embarassing other people. It doubles up the pain when your childrens around while someone is being mean to you.

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  • Varonica

    2017-09-02 #11 Author

    As someone who attends church on a regular i can completely understand where she is coming from and luckily i have an understanding church so breastfeeding mothers may go into the nursery but other churches where they dont have an option at all for breastfeeding mothers needs to be changed to accommodate everyone.

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  • Glzlmae

    2017-09-02 #12 Author

    Tsk tsk… I am sorry this happened to you. I would post it on every mom group. ..

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  • Karen Jill San Miguel

    2017-09-04 #13 Author

    Breastfeeding is best for babies and the most beautiful thing in the world. A gift from GOD! Us women bless to have milk to feed our baby. It must be supported and should be proud of! Don’t ignore those women who value breastfeeding. #proudmama

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