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Picerne Military Housing has issued a public apology to a military spouse who was prohibited from breast-feeding her baby in one of its offices on Fort Bragg.
Jess Lanham drove to Fort Bragg with two of her three daughters last week to apply for military housing. Lanham has been living with in-laws in Rocky Mount while her husband serves in Afghanistan. He's scheduled to return next month.
During her meeting with Picerne, the private company that manages living quarters at Fort Bragg, Lanham discreetly began feeding her 8-month-old daughter, Zoey, who was covered in a baby sling.
The woman handling Lanham's housing application told her she could breast-feed in the restroom, she could ask if another office in the building had an appropriate place or she could come back to finish her application another time.
Lanham said when she asked why she couldn't feed Zoey, the woman replied that Picerne had to maintain a "business atmosphere."
North Carolina law allows women to breast-feed in any public or private location where they're otherwise authorized to be, regardless of whether the woman's nipple is exposed. And federal law allows women to breast-feed in any federal building or on federal property.
"Even if the law didn't protect me, it would have been a very private place to nurse," Lanham said of the office, which she said the Picerne employee shared with one other woman.
Lanham said she stopped feeding Zoey so she would be able to finish her housing application. Afterward, she went to Olive Garden restaurant and nursed her baby there without any problems.