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    According to this video, mom brought baby because of timing issues of naps/breastfeeding and was turned away which she feels is violation of breastfeeding laws:

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    However, according to this article she just didn't have a caregiver:

    Mom turned away from taking college exam over baby | www.wftv.com


    Thoughts on situation? If it was due to breastfeeding should they accommodate with a private room and a separate aide/proctor?
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    I don't think it's reasonable to expect a college to let you nurse while taking an exam or to expect them to set up a separate situation for you. Having a baby in the class is distracting to others taking exams, and the school shouldn't have to deal with this....in this case I say it's the mother's issue to work it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    According to this video, mom brought baby because of timing issues of naps/breastfeeding and was turned away which she feels is violation of breastfeeding laws:

    Mom: College won

    However, according to this article she just didn't have a caregiver:

    Mom turned away from taking college exam over baby | www.wftv.com


    Thoughts on situation? If it was due to breastfeeding should they accommodate with a private room and a separate aide/proctor?

    LOL this is ridiculous. No she should not have to be accommodated just because she is a nursing mom. And she is hard to take seriously because they even say in the first video that she brought the baby because her husband wasn't available. So.....she can leave the baby but she just didn't find a sitter. Welcome to the world of parent hood.

    I breastfed all my kids, i'm pretty pro-breastfeeding and for making reasonable accommodations for breastfeeding mothers, but i don't think nursing is some free pass to tote your baby around to all sorts of inappropriate places for children to be. An exam? Not appropriate.

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    I think this is going too far. It is not reasonable to expect other students to concentrate on taking a test with a baby in the room making noises, or for the school to have to provide a separate room and monitor just because she didn't want to get a babysitter. It is not unreasonable to expect her to be away from her baby for a couple of hours for an exam, it would be almost impossible to take a test and breastfeed at the same time anyway. I just don't think it is reasonable to ask for breastfeeding accommodation for a few hours.
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    I'm in agreement with all that has been said. I totally think she didn't want to pay for a sitter and came up with the breastfeeding thing because she had the document for their state law with her it sounds like as if she was prepared for a fight.

    I am pro bf'ing wherever you would like for the most part but a baby in an exam IS distracting and I don't think the school should have to pay for you to have another proctor because you don't want to hire a sitter.
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    I can't see the video and there's no transcript up yet, but I'm pretty sure ITA with the others. I'm pretty sure that I could easily & happily breastfeed while taking an exam, but with the slurping & burping & baby popping off to smile at anyone in close proximity, it would definitely be distracting to others. The only accomodation the college should have been expected to make for her, and only if she had requested it in advance, would be a long-enough break to pump, and a private place to do it, and that's only if the exam lasted more than two hours because most women can easily go 2 - 2.5 hours between pumping sessions. It's not the college's responsibility to accomodate her child.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    I can't see the video and there's no transcript up yet, but I'm pretty sure ITA with the others. I'm pretty sure that I could easily & happily breastfeed while taking an exam, but with the slurping & burping & baby popping off to smile at anyone in close proximity, it would definitely be distracting to others. The only accomodation the college should have been expected to make for her, and only if she had requested it in advance, would be a long-enough break to pump, and a private place to do it, and that's only if the exam lasted more than two hours because most women can easily go 2 - 2.5 hours between pumping sessions. It's not the college's responsibility to accomodate her child.
    Honestly I don't think you can let someone leave an exam. And what are you going to do, have someone watch her nurse?
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    I am very pro- breastfeeding, and I really wanted to come up with a good reason for this woman to be in the right. But I just cant do it. The school was absolutely correct in banning the baby.
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    How long would the exam be that you would need to pump in between? My college exams were all at max 2 hours. If I had been nursing then I could have pumped before or after. I pumped every 4 hours while working. Why would she need to leave? I also don't think that would be fair unless someone watched her pump which is weird....too many chances for cheating.
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    I was really hoping someone would be in the other corner for this debate, because i was so ready to tear into this one LOL.

    Maybe this mom is here on PO somewhere?
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