Breastfeeding mother ordered to leave courtroom

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A Forest City mother is hoping to raise public awareness about breastfeeding after she says she was tossed from a Henderson County courtroom for breastfeeding her infant son.

Stephanie Rhodus tells news outlets that Judge Peter Knight kicked her out of the courtroom Monday after objecting to the fact that Rhodus did not want to cover her baby with a blanket while feeding him.

In an audio recording of the court hearing, Knight says he has no problem with the child being there, but he told her to “step outside and button up.”

North Carolina law allows women to breastfeed in public, regardless of whether her nipple is exposed.

Knight declined to comment on the hearing.

Rhodus came to family court as a defendant against her mother, who has custody of her 8-year-old son, her oldest child.

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