- Misty Daugereaux says she was given an ultimatum when breastfeeding at a public pool in Texas City, Texas: cover up or leave.
- When police arrived, the pool manager and lifeguard said that Daugereaux “was getting outraged” and “cussing” about the situation.
- Police ultimately told Daugereaux and her family to leave at the manager’s request.
- The mom wrote on Facebook that she felt “hurt, embarrassed, and ashamed.”
- The Texas City Police Department apologized in a statement shared on Facebook and said there will be more training.
A Texas City mom was expecting to have a relaxing afternoon at her local public pool with her 10-month-old son, 4-year-old son, and 4-year-old nephew. But she says things didn’t quite go as planned.
Misty Daugereaux says she was given an ultimatum when breastfeeding her son at Nessler Park Family Aquatic Center in Texas City, Texas: Cover up or leave.
The mom of two told INSIDER that she was breastfeeding her 10-month-old son Max when a lifeguard confronted her.
“Are you breastfeeding?” the lifeguard said “Well, you can’t do that here. This is a public pool.”
Daugereaux was stunned. “No, I can. I definitely can,” she said in response. “Maybe you need to go talk to someone who knows.”
Within a few minutes, the manager came. She asked if Daugereaux was breastfeeding, the mom explained. Daugereaux told INSIDER that the manager said she “[needed] to cover up,” in accordance with the pool’s policy. Daugereaux refused.
“She said, ‘If you don’t want to follow the rules then you can leave,'” Daugereaux said.
Daugereaux told INSIDER that she refused to leave.
“I said, ‘I think you need to call somebody else because I’m not leaving for breastfeeding my son here.
Within 20 minutes a Texas City police officer arrived.
“I told him with a shaky voice what was going on because I was crying,” she said.
Daugereaux told INSIDER that the police officer said the lifeguard and manager said she was “being aggressive towards the lifeguard.” The mom denied the accusation.
“I stood my ground and told them I was going to breastfeed,” she said.
At that point, the police officer told her the manager had requested that she leave the pool. So she did.
The Texas City Police department has since released police body cam video of the incident. In it, the manager says that Daugereaux became “outraged and “cussed” at the lifeguard. The mom denied doing so.
“I have a right to feed my baby,” Daugereaux said in the video. “I don’t stand for a lot, but I will stand for that.”
She continued: “I’m conscious enough to know I don’t want every man in the pool looking at my boobs. But when you have a 10-month-old who doesn’t take a bottle, I’m going to feed him.”
Ultimately, after a back and forth, the manager and lifeguard told the police officer they wanted Daugereaux and her family to leave the vicinity. After, the manager thanked the officer for his help
“You can’t just have your t—-s out,” the officer can be heard saying. “I know you gotta feed your kids, but go sit under a blanket or something.”
Daugereaux said she was horrified when she watched the footage and heard the officer say that about her.
“I was completely appalled and heartbroken. The entire time I thought the police officer came in unbiased and was just there to diffuse the situation,” she said. “I had no idea that’s where he stood and how uneducated he was with women’s rights.”
The Texas City Police Department has since released a statement on Facebook addressing the situation.
“We apologize to Misty Daugereaux as it is clear she was offended by how she was treated at our city facility,” the statement said. “City policies and procedures will be reviewed and revised as deemed necessary.”
It also said “any deficiencies regarding employee’s actions” will be addressed with trainings.
In a now-viral Facebook post she said the situation left her feeling “hurt, embarrassed, and ashamed.”
Although she felt embarrassed and isolated at that moment, Daugereaux said she’s found community online since.
On Monday, in response to the event, a group came together to stage a nurse-in at the Nessler Park Family Aquatic Center.
“It was the most powerful thing that I’ve ever witnessed. I didn’t know a single mother there. Not one. I didn’t know a single mother that showed up for me that day and they just came,” she said. “They brought their babies and their milk.”