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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 02/12/2011

Dozens plan Smithsonian nurse-in

By The Associated Press

Dozens of mothers are expected to hold a two-hour “nurse-in” at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum to highlight their right to breast-feed.

The protest, planned for Saturday morning, comes after a museum security guard told a woman who was breast-feeding to move out of public view.

During the Jan. 30 incident, a guard told Noriko Aita of Rockville, Md., to move to the bathroom, though there was no place for her to sit. Aita moved to another bench instead but was told to stop.

The episode sparked outrage online, and the guard was running afoul of federal law. President Bill Clinton signed the Right to Breastfeed Act in 1999 to ensure women can breast-feed on federal property.

The museum has apologized. Still, dozens of mothers want to raise awareness about their rights.

By The Associated Press  | February 12, 2011; 10:43 AM ET
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