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Hawaii moms join the Target nurse-in protest

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Shannon Weissman Shannon Weissman
Michelle Hickman, Houston mom who claims she was harassed by the Target employees Michelle Hickman, Houston mom who claims she was harassed by the Target employees
Lisa Hoang Lisa Hoang
Matt Miller, Target Executive Team Leader of Assets Protection Matt Miller, Target Executive Team Leader of Assets Protection

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Breastfeeding mom's stage a protest at Target stores calling it a "nurse-in." It was sparked by a mother in Houston who says Target employees hassled her for breastfeeding her five month old son inside the store.  Employees asked her to move to a fitting room even though she was covered with a blanket.  The woman says she contacted Target corporate and was told she didn't need to "flaunt" her right to breastfeed.

She spread her outrage on Facebook and countless women across the country protested Target by breastfeeding in the store.

Several mothers here in Hawaii joined the nurse-in protest at local Target stores hoping to send the store and the public a message.

Moms strapped on the Bjorns and carried their babies inside the Target stores.  Many moms lined up in the cafe inside the Salt Lake Target location and proceeded to breastfeed.

"I feel strongly about it because it's so normal and natural.  Nobody should feel ashamed to do what our body was made to do for our children," said Shannon Weissman, a Honolulu mom.

The Hawaii moms joined in the nurse in protest with those all over the country.  This after a Houston mom says Target employees harassed her when she started breastfeeding in a corner of the women's jeans section.

"They all came and started walking by and shaking their head, rolling their eyes like I'm doing something so horrible like feeding my baby here," said Michelle Hickman, Houston mom who claims she was harassed by the Target employees.

Outraged the mother's movement began flowing across the country.

"We're here in support of a baby's right to feed where ever and whenever they're hungry and the mother's right to feed the baby however best she deems fit," said Lisa Hoang, Honolulu mom.

"The more we do it out in public the more accepted it will be and people will be more willing to overcome obstacles because a lot of people are made to feel ashamed and nervous and it's not fair," said Weissman.

Target allowed the woman to feed where ever they wanted and did not direct them to fitting rooms like they did the Houston mom.  Target executives say the company has nothing against breast feeding in public.

"So Target is a family oriented retailer. We have a long standing corporate policy of supporting breastfeeding in our store and it is something we've always supported," said Matt Miller, Target Executive Team Leader of Assets Protection in Honolulu.

The company apologized for any inconvenience.

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