Professor says breastfeeding during online class is ‘inappropriate’

“During the Zoom meeting, he said, ‘I had a really weird email from a student stating that she needed to do inappropriate things during class time,'” Mares recalled. “[He said], ‘You need to be creative with your children and accommodate them so you can pay attention to my lectures.'”

Mares told Today she was furious and humiliated.

She shared her professor’s email with her school’s sex discrimination coordinator, who sent the information to the professor and explained the law allows mums to breastfeed when needed. 

“He ended up apologising,” Mares said. “He said, ‘I apologise for my remarks … You may now breastfeed your baby when you need to and you may turn off your camera and microphone when you need to.'”