Originally Posted by coffeegirl
It's really not that complicated. As I understand it, the store has a policy that fitting rooms are for trying on clothes, period. Whether you buy the clothes afterwards is beside the point. A woman has a right to breastfeed anywhere where the mother has a right to be. But the woman here didn't have a right to be in the fitting room if she didn't have any intention of shopping or trying on clothes. These are the store's fitting rooms and the store legally gets to decide who can use them and for what purpose.
My take on this is that by the same logic, the STORE is intended for shoppers to select and purchase clothing. If the mama had just nursed while standing in the store, would you say she had a right to be there? Only if she purchased clothing? Would it matter if she bought the clothing before or after the nursing? Is it enough for the mama to have purchased clothing recently at that store, say, within the past week? I mean, it doesn't really matter, does it?
I think crunchy mama's point is just really the bottom line. Everything has a "purpose" and if we're going to spend a lot of time breaking down the spaces a mom can and cannot nurse in, where will that put us? So could a mama nurse just right out in the store while browsing? If so, why can't she go sit down in the fitting room?
If the mama was walking by the food court, could she sit down and nurse even if she didn't buy food?
If the mama had a major wedgie while shopping, could she duck into the fitting room and unwedge it? Even if she didn't intend to try on any clothes?
And another point is that a store that is too unaccomodating loses business. If they had a guard in the store who threw out patrons who didn't seem to be browsing seriously enough (maybe a trio of girls struck up a conversation near the clothing rack and stopped looking around?), would that even make sense? No, the point is to welcome people to come in and look around.
I will concede that they have a right to ask someone to move along if they are taking too much TIME in a fitting room. And that has absolutely nothing to do with what they are DOING in there. They could be trying on 100 outfits but if they are in there for a long time and other people are waiting, they could reasonably be asked to wrap it up and move on. But even that wouldn't be an invasion, that's not yanking open the curtain, that's just saying "hey, we've got people waiting and you've been in there for 30 minutes, please finish up and move on."