Nursing in Public Incident at Sleep Train Amphitheatre

A few weeks ago, Megan Christopherson was harassed for nursing her baby in public at a Brad Paisley concert in a suburb of San Diego, CA.  Megan contacted us and asked if we could share her story, as well as the details for a nurse-in that she is organizing on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 3pm at the Elite Services USA Security Company.  


Here is Megan Christopherson's story, in her own words. 


On Thursday, July 10th 2014, I attended a concert with my two daughters at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA. Ellie is 8 years old and Gracie is 4 months old. We were having a great time, dancing, singing, and enjoying our stress free time. At approximately 8pm (2 hours after arriving inside the venue) I was approached by a female security guard from Elite Services USA Security Company. This security guard said to me, “Ma’am if you’re going to do that, then do that somewhere else or stop doing that here.” At this time I was nursing my 4 month old, while she was in her carrier. Because I was nursing her, I assumed the security guard was referring to me nursing. I asked her if that was so and she said yes. I stated that California state law protects breastfeeding women and that I had every right to continue to nurse my baby. She stated that there were people complaining. I continued to state what the law was and I told her I would stop breastfeeding when my baby was finished. She walked away.  


I had two options at this time - get completely upset at what just happened, and possibly affect my older daughter’s experience, or shake it off and continue to have fun. I made a post on Facebook about what just happened and then I continued to have fun with my daughter. I thought the incident was over and I would not be bothered again. About an hour later I noticed another security guard taking a picture of me with a cell phone. I had already finished nursing my baby and she was asleep. After that picture was taken, the night took a turn for the worse. 


At this time, the San Diego Nursing in Public Task Force is sending a letter to the Elite Security office, the employer of the security guards, kindly requesting that they create a breastfeeding-supportive policy statement for their staff members.  We will also be offering language that they can share with their staff members on how to kindly respond to a person who is uncomfortable seeing a mother nursing in public at a concert, without infringing upon the mother's right to breastfeed in public.
Here are the details for the Nurse-In Megan is organizing:
Address: 2878 Camino Del Rio S. Suite 260, San Diego, CA 92108
When: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time: 3pm