Nursing moms rally outside Poway Unified School District offices
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Dozens of nursing mothers staged a 'nurse-in' outside of the Poway Unified School District offices Wednesday.
The protest was organized after one mother said a teacher in the district told her to stop breastfeeding one of her kids.
Rachel Rainbolt home schools her 8-year-old son, but meets with a Poway teacher weekly to go over lessons. She said during one session in April, the teacher became upset when she began to breastfeed her one year old. The teacher told her it was inappropriate, Rainbolt claims.
Following the incident, Rainbolt said she was also told by that teacher that her older son could no longer participate in group sessions if she was going to continue nursing at the school. Rainbolt filed a discrimination complaint with the state and those group sessions were later canceled.
The Poway superintendent maintains Rainbolt's older son was never denied access to any educational program.
Superintendent John Collins said the district follows state and federal laws for nursing moms, but it's up to the teacher to determine if it's creating a distraction.
"I don't want this to become a 'He said, she said,'" said Collins." I think the parent did the right thing when she filed her complaint ... and we're waiting to see what they have to say and we'll use this as a learning tool for the whole district."
Rainbolt said she disagrees with how the teacher reacted during the incident and she organized Wednesday's nurse-in.
The protesting moms said they want the district to come up with clear guidelines for nursing on campus and to allow breastfeeding on campus with no conditions.
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