College Student Complains She's Not Allowed to Breastfeed During Exams -- Well, Duh! (VIDEO)

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A mom of a 10-month-old baby girl is upset because she was not permitted to breastfeed during a college exam at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Rebecca Mabrey is an online student, but she still had to go to the campus to take an exam -- and she was turned away at the door because she had her baby and a stroller in tow. The proctor of the test told her she could not have an infant in the classroom during the exam, because she might serve as a disruption to the other students.

That's when Rebecca showed the proctor a copy of Florida's Maternal and Infant Health Care law on breastfeeding -- but she was still told that she would not be permitted to sit for the test.

Take a look at this video clip to hear more about what happened, and why Rebecca made national news over the incident.

Ok, before I go any further, let me just say that this woman should be allowed to feed her baby whenever and wherever she needs to -- but I'm just not convinced that her intention to breastfeed the child is the real issue here.

I think the actual problem is that she showed up for a college exam -- with a baby, for crying out loud. (No pun intended.) And I'm sorry, but babies have no business being in a classroom of college students who are trying to concentrate on their exams -- something that could make or break their entire education based on how well they perform on them.

From the way Rebecca described what happened when she showed up at the exam, it sounds like she was actually turned away because of the baby -- not because she planned on breastfeeding the baby. And thinking back to my own college days, I know I would've been really, really distracted if there was a baby in the room while I was trying to focus on a major test. I guess it wouldn't have been so bad if the baby was sleeping -- but can you honestly imagine being able to concentrate if she started to fuss or cry?

And why did this mom bring the baby with her in the first place? I know she said her husband couldn't watch her that day -- but don't students typically know their exam dates well ahead of time? If she knew she did not have a sitter for her, she should've gone to her professor, explained her situation, and perhaps some sort of arrangement could've been worked out where she could have taken the test in another room or on another day.

I mean, you can't expect to just show up on exam day with a baby and assume you'll be accommodated. And even if the real reason the proctor turned her away was because she was opposed to her breastfeeding -- I can't say that I blame the school there either. For college kids who aren't used to seeing that sort of thing, it can prove very distracting, not to mention uncomfortable.

Yes, the school definitely should've made every attempt to accommodate Rebecca so she could finish the test and feed her child at the same time. But how were they supposed to figure out a situation that worked for everyone if they didn't know anything about it?

It sounds to me like she's making an issue out of something that really didn't have to be an issue -- had she only explained her situation ahead of time instead of showing up with her baby that day and expecting everything to go the way she'd hoped.

Do you think the college was wrong to deny her entry to the exam?


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LostS... LostSoul88

Babies no not belong in college. She should have planned around feedings or pumped. 

Sierr... SierraLynn

Im all for breastfeeding and in public, whatever. But this is just going over the top.

Who the hell takes their baby to a college exam?!

Benny... BennyBaby09

The law is not that you can feed your baby anywhere. But rather anywhere you AND the child are permitted. I'm a mom of two and breastfed both while attending school and never has a child been allowed in a classroom or exam. She was totally wrong and makes breastfeeding moms look silly and ignorant.

Rootbear Rootbear

Just another entitled brat wanting to make headlines over something trivial. Don't expect the school to cave to your demands to possibly disrupt an entire class room full of exam writing students because you chose not to make plans for child care. 

Exam schedules are set weeks in advance. 

nonmember avatar Cass

During my organic chemistry final, somebody sniffled, like clockwork, every 2 seconds. For two hours. I ended up having an anxiety attack from the annoyance and repetition and had to turn my exam in early. Compared to that? A quiet baby is nothing.

BeccaLS BeccaLS

Seriously? This woman is incredibly stupid.

They didn't care about breastfeeding, they cared about the other students who could have been distracted by a fussy baby. If someone brought a baby into one of my exams and it started crying and I failed, I would be making several calls to the schoolboard to complain.

Caera Caera

Nope, not at all.

This woman is a flaming idiot.

keelh... keelhaulrose

This isn't about breastfeeding. It's about taking a baby into an exam. She may feel she had the right to bring baby with her, but everyone else in the room had the right to get their very expensive education without screaming distractions.

nonmember avatar April

When I went to college, I remember a woman having a FIT that she could not bring her 5 and 2 year old children to sit in class with her. She claimed they would be no problem. from the way they ran crazy and screamed and yelled the 2 minutes they were there, I doubt that very much. I get that trying to go to school with kids can be difficult. I UNDERSTAND that because I did it. I had a 2.5 year old at home and was pregnant with another when I was in school. I gave birth at the end of the semester and had to take a quarter off. But life, other people and circumstances aren't always going to accomodate what you want to do. Sometimes you have to be a grown up and make other plans

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

She's out of line, and out of touch with reality, as evidenced by her comparing breastfeeding students with students with disabilities and learning disabilities.  It's beyond insulting to those who actually have disabilities and learning disabilities and require accomodations to learn.  She violated school policy by bringing a baby into the classroom.  Plain and simple.  It's people like her who are aggressive about their right to breastfeed that brings a bad name to the entire breastfeeding movement.

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