After guards asked a mother to leave, women staged a breastfeeding action at a Mexico City museum.
The Museo de Arte Moderno. Photo by the Government of Mexico City, via Wikimedia Commons.
On Sunday, dozens of women breastfed their infants in Mexico City’s Museo de Arte Moderno to protest the recent expulsion of a museumgoer who did just that. The initial woman was asked by security guards to leave; the guards cited that breastfeeding was a violation of the institution’s rule that food and drinks cannot be consumed on its premises.
According to the Associated Press, women gathered in front of the museum around noon on Sunday, where the breastfeeding began, before marching inside together in solidarity. According to ARTNews, this action was organized by collective known as Normalizando la lactancia materna (Normalizing breastfeeding), which posted to Instagram a message saying that the protest was a first step “on the road to normalization of breastfeeding and as an example for other public spaces.”
The museum’s director, Natalia Pollak, told the AP that a rule is now in effect allowing breastfeeding in the galleries, and that the museum strives to be an inclusive environment. The article details that 10 women are killed each day in Mexico, making it one of the most lethal countries for women. The protests also came one day ahead of Monday’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.