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Lucy Eades, Breastfeeding Mom, Puts Woman Who Asked Her To 'Cover Up' In Her Place (VIDEO)

Aug 07, 2013 | Updated Aug 10, 2013

It's a tale we've unfortunately heard many, many, many times before: A mom breastfeeding in public is either asked to stop, to leave or to cover up.

This time, when mom Lucy Eades was asked to cover up at a recreation center in Burleson, Texas, her husband caught the exchange on camera. He then uploaded the footage to the family's popular YouTube channel (you can watch it above).

According to local ABC affiliate WFAA, the mom of four was nursing her 16-day-old while her older daughter was in dance class. An employee of the Burleson Recreation Center asked her to cover up, but Eades stood up for her rights and continued to nurse. "It is state law, I can nurse my child with or without a cover," she said.

And, Eades is right: It's legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 states, and Texas is one of 45 states that have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location.

Eventually, dad spoke up too, and the employee walked away. WFAA reports that Eades was the second mom asked to cover up at the recreation center that day. Later, the City of Burleson released a statement:

The City of Burleson supports breastfeeding and appreciates recognition of National Breastfeeding Week. The city also supports the law, which states, "A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be." Today, two women were breastfeeding in or near a public entrance to the city's recreation center where we were hosting a camp for youth ages 5 - 13 in addition to other recreation center patrons. To be respectful of everyone's rights we asked the women to cover up. There is nothing in the law that prohibits the city from requiring a mother to cover up. We also offered a room in an attempt to be more accommodative. The city did not attempt to prohibit breastfeeding and we fully support the freedom of mothers to breastfeed as long as it doesn't infringe on someone else's freedom.

The Stir's Jeanne Sager sees the issue as black and white. "Either you're family-friendly or you're not, and as long as you're not OK with breastfeeding moms, you're NOT family-friendly," she wrote.

According to KHOU, a nurse-in, a popular form of breastfeeding protest, is planned at the recreation center on Saturday.

The incident happened to fall during National Breastfeeding Month, an annual event that we're celebrating here at HuffPost Parents. We're participating in "I Support You," an initiative to collect photos and messages from mothers to each other that say we might lead different lives but we share wanting the best for our children. Find out more here.

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