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Bush Library apologizes to woman reprimanded for breast-feeding

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A woman breast-feeding in the Bush Library in Dallas said she was shocked at hearing other reports of discrimination against nursing mothers. (Source: KTVT/CBS) A woman breast-feeding in the Bush Library in Dallas said she was shocked at hearing other reports of discrimination against nursing mothers. (Source: KTVT/CBS)

DALLAS (KTVT/CBS) - The George W. Bush Library issued an apology to a woman after a security guard confronted her for breast-feeding her child.

Via tweet, Vanessa Bailey said she was told museum policy only allows nursing in bathroom stalls.

"I am shocked and saddened by the discrimination I experienced and the reports from other mothers now coming forward with similar stories," Bailey said in a statement. "I am hopeful that shedding light on this important issue will bring awareness and tolerance for nursing babies everywhere."

Moms like Meridith Lohse say breast-feeding is common and normal, and stigmatizing it not good for families or children.

"I've nursed two babies well into toddlerhood, and have had a few snide remarks here and there," Lohse said.

In addition to the apology, the Bush Library disciplined the security guard and said it supports federal law that gives mothers the right to breast-feed.

"I really think that's really their only choice and that their HR department and many others realize that this needs to be a course of training for every business that interfaces with the public," Lohse said.

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