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Una joven madre estudiante defiende su derecho a lactar a su bebé mientras toma clases en línea

Por: Dulce García |

Marcella Mares, una joven madre y estudiante del Fresno City Collage, fue advertida por un profesor de no poder apagar su cámara y microfono durante las clases en línea para amamantar a su bebé, sugiriendo que la alimentara en su tiempo libre.

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I never write long posts but this is a good one! • • • I didn’t want to post this picture because I just wanted it for me but I just wanted to show that I CAN focus in class WHILE breastfeeding my child. My professor changed the requirements for class & said we needed to have our camera & microphone on in order to receive credit for the attendance part of class. I told him I obviously don’t have a problem with having my camera & microphone on but I might need to turn them off to feed my daughter from time to time. His response was “that’s not what you should be doing during class. Do that on your own time.” I didn’t respond & went to class about a half hour later. The first thing he says to the whole class in our zoom meeting was “I got this really weird email from a student stating she needed to do inappropriate things during lecture time. You guys need to understand that you have priorities now and you need to put all those distractions aside or be creative when your child needs you and give your full attention in my class.” If you know me, you know how pissed this made me. It was one thing to send the email telling me what I can and can’t do in my house with my child. But it’s a whole other thing when he announced a “weird” email was received about “inappropriate” things. I felt so unmotivated during class I was so hurt that an actual human said these things about me & my breastfed baby in public to other students. I was humiliated. Then I realized, he should be humiliated. He discriminated against me and many others when he said “put those distractions aside or be creative when your child needs you” like what the fuck?! This is a child we are talking about not our phones or TVs or any other THING. I am so so happy my cousin has helped me with taking action with this & got me in contact with some of her friends who got me in contact with people they know. I hope this man thinks before he decides to continue with his career, if he even has one anymore. Breastfeeding mamas &any mama that is trying to juggle school, work, & a child should be praised not put down & humiliated. I love my baby & would choose her health over anything or anyone, any day of any week!

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El profesor le escribió un correo para expresarle las nuevas reglas de la clase virtual, en la que tenían que tener las cámaras y micrófonos encendidos durante toda la clase. Marissa decidió pedirle la oportunidad al profesor de que la dejara apagarla sólo por un momento para darle de comer a su bebé, pero todo fue en vano: no aceptó; además de que la exhibió frente a sus compañeros de clase.

“A través de Instagram, la joven denunció la situación y acusó de discriminación por ser una alumna con hijos y señaló que no deberia ser cuestionado su derecho a la lactancia”.

Tras la polémica y de que emitiera su postura de madre y estudiante con la institución educativa, el profesor accedió a que pudiera amamantar a su bebé sin problema, por lo que a través de un correo electrónico, “lamento las molestias con respecto a su intención de amamantar a su bebé. De ahora en adelante, tiene derecho a amamantar a su bebé en cualquier momento durante la clase”.

Frente a la emergencia sanitaria por Covid-19, que las clases y labores de oficina se realizan en línea, hay que adaptar la vida cotidiana; y si una mujer laborando tiene derecho a lactar a su bebé y en países avanzados hay salas especiales para que lo hagan, ¿por qué negarle este derecho a una madre que estudia y a su bebé?.

La nueva normalidad nos invita a cuestionarnos sobre esta forma “multitarea” en la que vivimos actualmente con el home office o el home schooling ¿ustedes qué opinan sobre esto?.

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