Breastfeeding mom at Fort Bragg gets apology

FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) — A Fort Bragg housing contractor has apologized to a military spouse after asking her to stop breastfeeding her baby in an office on base.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that Jess Lanham was applying for housing when she discreetly began feeding 8-month-old Zoey, who was covered in a baby sling.

The woman handling Lanham’s application told her to leave the office to breastfeed so the contractor could preserve a business atmosphere.

A spokeswoman for Picerne Military Housing later called to apologize to Lanham, who has been living with relatives in Rocky Mount while her husband serves in Afghanistan. He’s scheduled to return next month.

North Carolina law allows women to breastfeed in public, and federal law allows women to breastfeed in any federal building or property.

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