A Texas Nursing mom was ejected from a public pool by a police officer after she dared breastfeed her son.
Misty Daugereaux was understandably “hurt, embarrassed and ASHAMED” she said on Facebook, and other mothers rallied, staging a “nurse-in” protest at the pool the next day.
Daugereaux went to the Nessler Park Family Aquatic Center in Texas City, Texas last weekend with two 4-year-olds and was attempting to breastfeed her 10-month-old son Maxx, she wrote.
A lifeguard told her she couldn’t breastfeed at the public pool. The pool manager then told her to cover up or follow the pool rules or leave. Then the Texas City Police Department showed up, she wrote.
Police body cam video
Things got worse for Daugereaux when the Texas officer showed up. She thought things would get better.
“I thought he was unbiased and came to diffuse the situation,” she said.
The Texas City Police Department posted body camera video taken of the pool incident on Facebook.
On the five-minute video, the officer hears from the pool manager who says Daugereaux “was getting outraged” and “cussing” at the lifeguard who told her to cover up.
Daugereaux says this is “absolutely not” not true and added that, “I have a right to feed my baby.”
The officer then walks over to the pool manager and life guard for more discussion and after some back and forth the manager finally says, “she can leave.” The officer tells Daugereaux to pack up her things and leave.
“I don’t understand how it’s right,” Daugereaux said.
“That wasn’t the issue,” the officer says. “The issue was that you were cussing out a lifeguard.”
“So it’s her word against mine that I’m cussing out a lifeguard?” Daugereaux said.
“I wasn’t here so I don’t know,” the officer says. “I’m just telling you that they’re asking that you leave, OK?”
“Yes, sir,” Daugereaux said and gathered up her things.
Both the manager and the officer made a parting comment after Daugereaux left.
“I thought you’re supposed to cover up,” the manager said. “I know people breastfeed and stuff but–”
“That’s all fine and dandy, but just sit in a chair and cover up,” the officer said. “Don’t sit there with both your (expletive) out.”
That hurt the worst, said Daugereaux, who has watched the video.
“I’m completely appalled and heartbroken at the comment the officer made to the manager,” Daugereaux said. “But I’m ashamed he doesn’t know the law he is honored to uphold. And the word he used to refer to breast is unsettling.”
The city apologizes
Texas City responded to the breastfeeding pool incident with an apology the next day.
“We, the City of Texas City are reviewing the nursing concerns raised at the Nessler Pool and how it was addressed by our staff. We apologize to Misty Daugereaux as it is clear she was offended by how she was treated at our City Facility. City policies and procedures will be reviewed and revised as deemed necessary. Any deficiencies regarding our employee’s actions will be addressed with further training.”