By Andrew Cluley
Ann Arbor, MI – Women may breast feed babies in any public
area throughout the city of Ann Arbor.
City council approved ordinances Monday night clarifying that breast feeding is not indecent exposure, and making it a protected civil right in the city.
The new laws were prompted by a recent incident at the Y-M-C-A in which a woman was prohibited from breast feeding her child in the swimming pool area.
Attorney and breast-feeding mom Kim Easter says the incident at the "Y" was just one example of the difficulties women face in trying to breast feed their children.
Councilmember Stephen Rapundalo voted against the ordinance. He says he supports breast feeding, but objected to the ordinance because it did not include an exception to prohibit breast feeding for stated health and safety reasons.