Your 4-week-old baby's crying for food, your hands are full with shopping bags, and you're experiencing postpartum symptoms. Oh, and you happen to be standing in Target.
What do you do?
If you're like many moms, you nip the problem in the bud and start breastfeeding your child.
That's exactly what Mary Martinez did when she visited a Target store in Harper Woods, Michigan on Sunday.
The mother of three says that as soon as she began nursing, Target security intervened, saying nursing in public was illegal, then called the cops.
Mary was appalled, saying that breastfeeding is part of her daily routine whether she's at home or in public. Her husband Jose, a Detroit police officer, knew it isn't against the law, even in the electronics aisle at Target. What's more, the couple says the store wasn't crowded in that section at the time.
When the Harper Woods police were called to the scene, they spoke to the Martinez family until the couple and child left, totally embarrassed.
"Forcing me out of the store. Two security guards, the manager or team leader, two officers, they just made a spectacle and a scene. I feel like I can't go to that specific Target anymore," Mary Martinez said.
"I asked one of them if it was indeed illegal -- maybe in Harper Woods -- to breastfeed. He said, 'No.' And that was it. We got our stuff together and we left," says Jose Martinez.
The kicker? When Target's corporate headquarters were contacted by one television station, they came to Mary's defense, saying they do allow mothers to breastfeed in their stores. However, "This specific situation escalated to a point where we were concerned for the safety of our guests, so law enforcement was called. We regret the incident in our store and will continue to provide a shopping environment that respects the needs of all guests, including nursing mothers."
"Our security guard overreacted and misrepresented both store policy and local law, and we are ashamed that a Target employee caused the Martinez family so much trouble and embarrassment. We want to reassure our guests that nursing mothers are always welcome in our stores."
Since the incident, Mary has this to say:
She's my 3rd child and I breastfed the other two until they were two years old. I know how to be discreet."
So what do you think? Were these security guards misinformed or were they just a couple of guys squeamish at the sight of a woman breastfeeding?