Afrykayn Moon, 32, was breastfeeding her son on a bus outside of Detroit when the bus driver ordered her to either cover up while nursing or get off the bus. According to Michigan state law, Moon did have the right to continue breast-feeding under public-indecency laws and held her ground during the confrontation.
However, the SMART system bus driver refused to tolerate the breastfeeding. Moon says the driver would not leave the bus stop until the infant was done feeding. In addition, security at a nearby mall was called to board the bus and question her at the next stop.
The bus driver involved with Afrykayn Moon is on paid leave, pending investigation. SMART spokesperson Beth Gibbons says the company will take steps to remind it’s staff that women are allowed to breastfeed on buses.
Today Moon and women from the Detroit area will stage a “nurse-in” at SMART facilities in Troy, MI and Taylor, MI. Mothers will be nursing their babies in lawn chairs to support Moon.