AISD’s breastfeeding policy takes spotlight


To a passerby at the park, Krisdee Donmoyer may look like she's holding a sleeping baby. You'd have to look close--or perhaps a little longer than normal--to realize she's actually feeding her child.

Donmoyer was breastfeeding her son while waiting for her older son at an Austin Independent School District elementary school when she was approached by a faculty member who told her she needed to move to a private room.

"I found out it was district practice to do what she had done and direct me to a private room," she said.

Texas Health and Safety Code states, “a mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.” According to AISD officials, the law is open to interpretation.

"I don't think this is an issue about the value of breastfeeding, the district supports all the healthy reasons why breastfeeding is a terrific idea. I think the question for us is the ‘where’ part," AISD Chief of Staff Mel Waxler said.

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