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Mother says she was told to cover up

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Samantha May says she was trying to breastfeed her baby at the Department of Social Service in Berkeley County and she was rudely asked to cover-up. Samantha May says she was trying to breastfeed her baby at the Department of Social Service in Berkeley County and she was rudely asked to cover-up.

Samantha May said she has never felt more embarrassed than the time she was trying to breastfeed her baby at the Department of Social Service in Berkeley County and she was rudely asked to cover-up.

"I was very discreet about it and in about five minutes into it, the lady behind the counter came back and told me that I either needed to go the restroom or use a cover and it was very loud. Very loud. So she pretty much humiliated me in front of like 30 people," said May.

Before heading out to her car, she made sure to voice her rights. 

"I told her that it's my right to be able to breastfeed where ever I am allowed to be. Covered or uncovered and it's illegal for her to tell me that I could not."

According to Saint Francis Hospital, May is right. In South Carolina, a woman may breastfeed her child in any location where the mother and child are authorized to be. Breastfeeding a child in a location where the mother is authorized to be is not considered indecent exposure

"Some people actually high-fived me on my way out," said May. "But when it was time to go back in, she was the lady I had to deal with."

DSS issued this statement: "We are looking into this particular incident. Out of an abundance of caution, we have already reminded all our local offices of the State Law regarding public breast feeding."

May says she is not looking for the worker to be punished, but wants women to know their rights and is an advocate of breast feeding.

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