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Breastfeeding Moms Stage 'Nurse In' at O.C. Store

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">ktla: A group of mothers plan to hold a "Nurse In" at an Orange County store Saturday to exercise their right to breastfeed in public and protest a nursing mother who was singled-out inside the store.

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It all started when 29-year-old Rose Homme was shopping at the Cost Plus World Market in The Village at Orange on Aug. 20 and started breastfeeding her 10-month-old son Oliver.

Homme says her son was crying as they approached the exit and she wanted to calm him as quickly as possible.

She began breastfeeding her son by placing his head under her T-shirt.

Homme says an employee approached her and asked that she cover up or take the baby into the bathroom to feed him.

She told the employee that a 13-year-old California State law allows her to feed her child in public.

She says the discussion turned into a shouting match.

"Nobody would ask an adult to sit in the bathroom and eat their lunch and I don't think an infant should have to do that either," she said.

Homme says she wasn't exposing any more than she would in a tank top.

She left the store and posted an update on her page about what happened. She contacted the store's corporate office and received an apology.

Lindsey Meehleis, a friend of Homme and a breastfeeding advocate, decided to organize a peaceful protest at the store in response to what happened.

It's believed about 90 mothers plan to attend the "Nurse In" on Saturday.

The event is open to the public.

Homme says she doesn't want to hold a grudge, but she does want to raise awareness.

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