http://WFSB.images.worldnow.com/interface/js/WNVideo.js?rnd=419588;hostDomain=www.wfsb.com;playerWidth=630;playerHeight=385;isShowIcon=true;clipId=12523271;flvUri=;partnerclipid=;adTag=News;advertisingZone=;enableAds=true;landingPage=;islandingPageoverride=false;playerType=STANDARD_EMBEDDEDscript;controlsType=fixedWFSB 3 ConnecticutA Connecticut mom is thanking people who rushed to defend her after a man started berating and cursing at her for breastfeeding in a mostly empty Target cafeteria.
Jessie Maher was nursing her newborn daughter when she says the man looked over at her and started viciously cursing at her, and calling her “disgusting.”
“He asked me if I could do it somewhere else, and then he started to say it’s disgusting, and he just kind of kept repeating that,” Maher tells WFSB News.
Maher then started filming him as she continued to breastfeed, telling the camera, “Because I’m feeding my baby, this man is going crazy. And I’m shaking.” The video then shows multiple women and three Target employees coming to her aid and escorting the man away, after he demands a refund.
“He has no right to be doing what he’s doing, you have a baby in your hands,” one woman tells Maher in the video. “You shouldn’t be ashamed of feeding your baby. He can go the other way. This is a beautiful moment right now. If he doesn’t like it he can go.”
“The amount of people coming at me to defend me was amazing, amazing,” Maher tells WFSB.
Breastfeeding in public is legal in Connecticut, according to state laws.
Maher posted the video on her Facebook page, and it now has 5.1 million views and over 68,500 shares.
In another Facebook post, Maher thanked everyone for commenting and messaging her in support.
“I choose to openly breastfeed my child when ever and where ever she happens to be hungry,” she writes. “I choose not to cover up because I am not ashamed of what my breasts are intended for. I stand with all mamas breastfeeding, bottle feeding, covered or not. It is hard enough being a mother, period.”
RELATED VIDEO: Nursing or Not? Moms Talk About the Pressure to BreastfeedMaher adds to WFSB that there are much bigger things to worry about right now than one woman breasteeding in public.
“With all the hate going on in the world, it’s pretty ridiculous, and I think he needs to know that,” Maher says. “And I think other people need to know that too.”