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    CHICAGO (CBS) – A first-time mother from Skokie is suing Cook County, claiming a sheriff’s deputy violated her right to breastfeed at the Skokie Courthouse.

    As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, Natalie Petrović (Serbian:Наталија Петровић) says the female deputy ordered her to move from the lobby to a public restroom – a demand she called both illegal and “degrading.”

    Petrovic says she was waiting to apply for food assistance benefits at the courthouse, at 5600 Old Orchard Rd. in Skokie, on April 18. She covered her infant daughter with a blanket and began nursing the girl when a female deputy approached her, the lawsuit said.

    The deputy ordered Petrović either to stop breastfeeding or move to the public bathroom. The mother says the officer addressed her in a “stern” and “bullying” way.

    “When she told me this, I felt very violated,” Petrović tells CBS 2′s Mike Puccinelli.

    Illinois legislators passed the state’s Right to Breastfeed Act in 2004, which says mothers may breastfeed their babies in any public or private location where they are otherwise allowed to be, even if they aren’t modestly covered.

    Petrović said even though it was her first time trying to publicly breastfeed her daughter Lisette, then 7 weeks old, she knew women have a right to breastfeed in public — what she calls “a completely natural thing.”

    It “kind of blew me” that a county employee was asking her to stop despite the state law, said Petrović, 21, when reached at her home Wednesday night.

    “It got me really frustrated that this woman, she’s a sheriff’s [deputy] and she didn’t know what people’s rights are,” she said.

    She ultimately stopped because she didn’t want to risk getting kicked out of the courthouse and disrupting her application for benefits, and because feeding her baby in a public bathroom would have been “unsanitary, uncomfortable and degrading,” the suit claims.

    “She stopped me from feeding my baby and that should never happen,” Petrović said.

    She says she tried to file a formal complaint against the deputy on her way out of the courthouse but couldn’t because a sheriff’s office worker, though apologetic, kept talking over her and cutting her off.

    “I know a lot of women who breastfed before,” Petrović said. “My mother breastfed me, my sister breastfed her two sons in public and this never happened to them.”

    Petrovic’s attorney, Alexander Memmen, says the lawsuit is asking for attorney’s fees and for a judge to order the sheriff’s department not to interfere with breastfeeding mothers, consistent with the law.

    The Cook County Sheriff’s Department declined to comment on the lawsuit and its central allegation. But in a written statement, spokesman Frank Bilecki says the woman was observed breastfeeding in the building for an hour or more.

    “The Sheriff’s Office is proud of the fact that it administers many public buildings, including hundreds of court rooms and has never had such an allegation,” Bilecki said.

    Despite the state law permitting breastfeeding, the act still draws consternation – and even threats to call police – from some people.

    In a well-documented case back in September 2009, Lauren Trost, 33, was breastfeeding her 7-month-old son, Hank, in Giddings Plaza in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, when another woman walked up and threatened to call police. The woman told Trost breastfeeding in public was “indecent.”

    In response, dozens of mothers gathered in the plaza a short time later for a nurse-in, protesting the threat.

    Petrović’s lawsuit suit seeks an injunction preventing courthouse staff from denying any other women their right to breastfeed there, plus attorney’s fees and the costs of the suit.

    A Cook County Sheriff’s office spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Petrović’s lawsuit Wednesday night.

    [img height=180]http://www.blic.rs/data/images/2012-06-03/248714_natali_f.jpg?ver=1338720604″/>
    Natalie Petrović with her daugther Lisette

    And that country dares to call itelf "Greatest Democracy in world". Breastfeeding is immoral? Comments please.

    #383591

    Anonymous

    USA and A!!! ;D

    #383592

    Anonymous

    I don't like seeing it in public. I don't take a piss in the middle of the street on the first tree I see, eventhough it is a natural behaviour, there still is a sense of decency that one has to possess while in public.

    Feed your child before taking it out, or if inevitable find a suitable place for it or do it discreet.

    #383593

    Anonymous
    Quote:
    I don't like seeing it in public. I don't take a piss in the middle of the street on the first tree I see, eventhough it is a natural behaviour, there still is a sense of decency that one has to possess while in public.

    Feed your child before taking it out, or if inevitable find a suitable place for it or do it discreet.

    Why would breastfeeding indecent?

    #383594

    Anonymous
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    Why would breastfeeding indecent?

    Because breasts, as well as genitals, are parts of our bodies, our culture perceives as indecent to expose. Why is it so, I believe you know better than me, one would have to make a research why people cover themselves. Nonetheless we do cover our 'shame-regions' it is a part of our culture, exposing those parts is seen as indecent.

    #383595

    Anonymous
    Quote:
    Because breasts, as well as genitals, are parts of our bodies, our culture perceives as indecent to expose. Why is it so, I believe you know better than me, one would have to make a research why people cover themselves. Nonetheless we do cover our 'shame-regions' it is a part of our culture, exposing those parts is seen as indecent.

    Well, I understand what you are trying to imply me, but Church was rather supportive of it:

    [img height=200]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cQGk7uk4O4I/Tx_BefKePRI/AAAAAAAABXM/5CIAigYdsJA/s1600/Bogorodica+Mlekopitateljnica+iz+isposnice+Sv+Save.jpg”/>

    #383596

    Anonymous
    Quote:
    Well, I understand what you are trying to imply me, but Church was rather supportive of it:

    [img height=200]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cQGk7uk4O4I/Tx_BefKePRI/AAAAAAAABXM/5CIAigYdsJA/s1600/Bogorodica+Mlekopitateljnica+iz+isposnice+Sv+Save.jpg”/>

    Yes, but it seems the more we progress, the more prude we are.

    Private parts are private for the reason that they exclusively bear a sexual connotation among adults, we as humans in comparison to animals do not have mating seasons, but are throughout the year'in season' (we want to have sex all the time). We cover up in order to convey that we are taking some control over our instincts for the purposes of maintaining civilized behavior.

    Seeing an exposed breast in public, is as much as indecent as seeing exposed buttocks or genitalia, since it bears that one meaning.

    image
    How much thought about female rights, when looking at this picture.

    #383597

    Anonymous
    Quote:
    Yes, but it seems the more we progress, the more prude we are.

    It has more to do with wrong interpretation of Chrisitanity known as English-American puritanism.

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    http://de.euronews.com/images_news/img_606X341_0212-uefa-ukraine-femen-football-topless-RTR2UQJP.jpg
    How much thought about female rights, when looking at this picture.

    That had nothung to do with feeding of children and you know it decadent, immoral and indecent. We are speaking about breastfeeding, it bears no sexual conotation, person who could look at breastfeeding with sexual conotation is mentaly sick. And obviously some people forgot for what breasts are.

    #383598

    Anonymous
    Quote:
    It has more to do with wrong interpretation of Chrisitanity known as English-American puritanism.
    That had nothung to do with feeding of children and you know it decadent, immoral and indecent. We are speaking about breastfeeding, it bears no sexual conotation, person who could look at breastfeeding with sexual conotation is mentaly sick. And obviously some people forgot for what breasts are.

    People that look at breasts with sexual connotation are not sick, since most of men do (what is done with the breasts is a different category). To cut the discussion short, I see breastfeeding as a private act, not a public one, in the same manner I see urinating as a private act as well (or one done in a more intimate public, like a public toilet).

    Breastfeeding in public I find indecent because one is exposing his private parts to the public, parts that should be kept private. I am an old-fashioned person, I understand that in the more liberal times, this is seen as conservative, but 'сто људи, сто ћуди'. I do not feel offended, but I find it indecent.

    [img height=400]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/26/Male_public_urination.jpg”/>
    This is also, as normal, and natural and necessary as breastfeeding your child,
    nonetheless it is indecent to do it in public.

    #383599

    Anonymous

    I think breastfeeding is normal but just like taking a shower or removing your bodily waste I would not want to see it done in public. I'm far from a puritan but this is what I think. 

    #383600

    Anonymous
    Quote:
    People that look at breasts with sexual connotation are not sick

    I said people who look at breastfeeding with sexual conotation are sick.

    Quote:
    Breastfeeding in public I find indecent because one is exposing his private parts to the public, parts that should be kept private. I am an old-fashioned person, I understand that in the more liberal times, this is seen as conservative, but 'сто људи, сто ћуди'. I do not feel offended, but I find it indecent.

    I dont think it is really conservative point of wiev, it is point of wiev of English non-confomists, their misinterpretation of Christianity as such. In 19th century it gained some degree of European-wide acceptance, and total acceptance in USA. Still it has nothing to do with Chrisitianity or Conservativism as political movment or social behaviour, (since it is recent invention).

    Quote:
    To cut the discussion short, I see breastfeeding as a private act, not a public one, in the same manner I see urinating as a private act as well (or one done in a more intimate public, like a public toilet).

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/26/Male_public_urination.jpg
    This is also, as normal, and natural and necessary as breastfeeding your child,
    nonetheless it is indecent to do it in public.

    I do not find such comparsions appropriate.

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    Breastfeeding in public I find indecent because one is exposing his private parts to the public, parts that should be kept private.

    It is your personal opinion,a nd you are free to believe whatever you chose.

    #383601

    Anonymous

    Btw, before any futher contents how exposing body parts is indecent, please read full article.

    #383602

    Anonymous

    Breastfeeding in public is not known to me or at least in my part of country they dont do it. However i think it is nothing wrong altho it would look wierd to me. In any case it is still way better than urinating in public since urine is disgusting and toxic (except if it is fermented or boiled). :)

    #383603

    Anonymous

    even though woman is Serbian and the law there alows breastfeading in public, I do not support her act.
    breastfeading is for private places. I actually never saw any woman doing it here and the only woman I want to see breastfeading would be my future wife.

    #383604

    Anonymous

    What's the big grief?  Even in your 'conservative times' (pre-1880s), people often bath and swam in the nude out in public.

    I don't like seeing old fat people either but nudity or breastfeeding isn't a scary thing.  If a guy can't keep a boner down, then clearly he's not see enough pornography or hasn't had enough sex with women.

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