‘Your Job at This Company Is Over’—Mom Fired 7 Weeks Postpartum for Choosing to Breastfeed

I was 7 weeks postpartum, finding out I would no longer have a job because of a natural choice. A choice I made to provide nutrition for my newborn baby girl. Can you imagine? I was heartbroken and confused.

Photo courtesy of Haley Gentle

Shortly after, I applied to 47 jobs in just twenty-four hours. I went to four job interviews and was offered multiple positions. Luckily, I landed a job where lactating mothers are welcomed with open arms. I now have a room where I am able to pump at any time. This is what ALL mothers should experience.

Two days after being fired, I received messages from both of the owners at my previous job. ‘Do you want to come sit and talk? Perhaps we can try to accommodate you.’ You mean AFTER you fired me? I thought to myself, ‘Why would I go to work for someone who made it clear that they didn’t support nursing mothers?’

One night, while rocking Reagan to sleep, it hit me like a ton of bricks that my story was profound. I was fired for doing something natural. For doing something women did every single day. I was fired for making what I felt was the best decision for my family.

No mother should ever be fired for making the decision between breastfeeding or formula. I want to be a voice for all nursing moms. I hope the law will someday change after my story!

Haley Gentle
Haley Gentle
I’m a 31 year old mom of two. Reagan and Emmett. I married my high school sweetheart and love of my life, Alan. I currently work for a school here in Huntsville Alabama and love what I do! I enjoy spending time with my little family, cooking, Starbucks and target Runs!

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