A professor from California has told one of her students not to breastfeed her child during online classes in an email.
Marcella Mares is a student that told CNN that she received an email from one of her professors at Fresno City College on September 23. The email was about an attendance protocol that checks if students keep their microphones and cameras on during class. Mares, though, wanted to breastfeed her baby, and this was a problem for her.
The young mother told the professor that she would keep her microphone and camera running during class, but she will need to turn it off when she needds to breastfeed her daughter. She showed the email exchanges to CNN, in which the professor told her that they’re glad to hear that she can have her camera and mic on, but they asked her not to breastfeed her daughter during class time because that’s not what she should be doing.
“Just do that after class.” – the email further read.
Maras decided to take it to Facebook to share that she still attended his class, despite the response, and the first thing the professor said during the Zoom meeting was:
‘I got this really weird email from a student stating she needed to do inappropriate things during lecture time. You guys need to understand that you have priorities now and you need to put all those distractions aside or be creative when your child needs you and give your full attention in my class.’
The professor has since apologized to the student after she reached out to the school’s Title IX office.
In an email, he wrote that he’s sorry for the inconvenience in regard to her intention of breastfeeding her baby, and he noted that from now on, she has the right to breastfeed her baby at any given time during class.