City College Student Said She Had to Breastfeed During Virtual Class. Teacher's Response Shocked Her.
One month into the semester, Marcella Mares got an email from her professor at Fresno City College. It said that going forward, cameras and microphones would have to be turned on for her virtual statistics class.
Mares knew that would be a difficult adjustment with her then-10-month-old baby at home with her during the pandemic.
“I emailed him back privately and I had told him that I didn’t have a problem with turning on my camera and microphone, but I would need to turn it off if I needed to feed my baby,” Mares said of the Sept. 23 incident.
His email reply, she says, shocked her: It said she shouldn’t breastfeed during class and should instead wait until after the four-hour instruction is over.
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