TROY (WWJ) – Growing support Friday for a local woman who was told to leave a SMART bus because she was breastfeeding.
Afrykahn Moon and others will stage a “nurse-in” Friday morning at a SMART bus terminal in Troy.
It all stems from an incident last week in which a SMART bus driver told a mom from Taylor to cover up her baby while nursing or get off the vehicle.
Moon refused, so the female driver kept the bus in park until the baby was done feeding. She was eventually escorted off the bus at the next stop.
Black Mother’s Breast Feeding Association founder Kiddada Green said Moon has their full support.
“It’s the law and it’s a natural human right to feed your baby when your baby is hungry,” Green said.
“It’s certainly public awareness and to get main corporations to get them to create breastfeeding policies so that their employees are aware of a woman’s basic right and a child’s basic right to eat,” she continued.
The bus driver involved in the flap is on paid leave pending an investigation. SMART said it’s reminding the system’s 600 drivers that women can breast feed while on buses.
The “nurse-in” will take place at 9 am at the SMART bus terminal on Barrett in Troy.