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Stadium riles breastfeeding advocates



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FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Aug 10, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Breastfeeding advocates lobbied for the right to nurse infants in the stands at Massachusetts sports arenas rather than being forced to leave their seats.

Patty Daidone-Hardy of Dorchester, Mass., said she felt like a criminal when Gillette Stadium security told her Monday she should nurse her 3-month-old son in a restroom, which she rejected as "unsanitary."

However, a Gillette Stadium spokesman told the Boston Herald that women can breastfeed anywhere in the Foxborough, Mass., sports facility.

Women's rights attorney and former New England Patriots cheerleader Wendy Murphy said the issue is "almost laughable."

"We love naked breasts as long as they are jiggling in front of us for titillation, for sexual excitement and for entertainment," Murphy said. "But put a naked breast in front of them that is providing nutrition to an infant -- and that's too offensive."

Several measures are pending at the state level to protect mothers who nurse in public.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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