Breastfeeding Mom Claims Rights Violated at Virginia Church

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) – A northern Virginia woman says she was asked to leave a church for breastfeeding her 1-year-old daughter.

Women in Virginia are allowed to breastfeed anywhere they have a legal right to be, thanks to a law passed in 2015.

Annie Peguero said in a video posted on Facebook that she was asked to leave the sanctuary of Summit Church in Springfield. With the help of a lawyer, she is pressing the church to issue a statement and reverse its policy.

Church officials did not respond to requests for comment from local media outlets.

Peguero says she was asked to go to a private room when she started breastfeeding. She says she was then told the church doesn’t allow breastfeeding without a cover because it could make fellow churchgoers “uncomfortable.”

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