Missouri mom faces contempt of court for breastfeeding

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LEE’S SUMMIT, MO – Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Like jumping off a building, or breastfeeding your child while riding a mo-ped like a woman did recently in China. She got a ticket for more than not keeping both hands on the handlebars.

And a Missouri mom has more than a handful. She has a contempt of court citation for breastfeeding.

Laura Trickle is still breastfeeding her 7-month-old son Axel, and that’s why she’s in trouble with the judge.

She said she’d be happy to serve on a jury if she could bring her son, but the judge said ‘no’ and gave her a couple of choices, “I would be able to pump on breaks, unfortunately Axel doesn’t take a bottle, so that’s not an option for us.”

The other choice was to have someone stay with Axel until she could feed him during breaks, but she’s a stay-at-home mom and doesn’t have anyone to help.

So, now she’s facing a $500 fine and a contempt of court charge.

Missouri is not one of the 12 states that make exceptions for breastfeeding moms, but she hopes the judge will change his mind when they meet later in the week, because, as she says, $500 will buy a lot of diapers.