A New York mom’s Facebook post is going viral after her dentist allegedly shamed her for breastfeeding her child last Saturday. In the post, Tiffany Elliott says Dr. Robin Craig made her feel uncomfortable for nursing her nine-month-old baby in the waiting room at Wilson Dental in Irondequoit.
“[Dr. Craig] began to ask the usual questions and Ember (my infant) became fussy/hungry. As I answered her question, I had Ember cradled and one hand at the bottom of my shirt, with ZERO skin exposed,” Elliott wrote, noting that she was at an appointment for her five-year-old Vayda. “Dr. Ignorant then says, ‘Ok I’m uncomfortable and whatever you are doing there needs to stop!’ while motioning around her chest with her hands frantically.”
Elliott says she was shocked. “My jaw dropped… I CRIED you guys! I felt so embarrassed. Not by the thing I love, which is nurturing my baby whereever and whenever, but by the total IGNORANCE.”
I am sincerely beside myself as I was just SHAMED FOR BREASTFEEDING MY 9 MONTH OLD by DR. Craig of WILSON DENTAL on EAST…
Before leaving the office, Elliott says she tried to explain her legal rights to Dr. Craig (public breastfeeding is legal in New York) but that the dentist told her she didn’t care. “Her ignorance and comfort level does NOT trump my baby’s needs,” the mom of two wrote. (It is slightly unclear why Elliot posted a photo of her five-year-old while writing about an incident that involved her nine-month-old. To be clear, she was not nursing the five-year-old.)
Following Saturday’s incident, owner of Wilson Dental, Dr. Mike Wilson, apologized on Facebook, with a post that said, “We completely support all mothers’ rights to breastfeed their children in public. We do not accept, condone, or believe in any kind of discrimination against breastfeeding moms.” He added that all of the staff will undergo educational training provided by the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester.