East End mom files breastfeeding complaint with Riverhead Town Police
RIVERHEAD - A woman on the East End is filing a claim against Riverhead Town Police over public breastfeeding.
Andrea Zeledon-Mussio says she called police last week from Wading River to report her ex-husband was violating a court order.
Zeledon-Mussio was waiting for officers in her car with her 11-month-old daughter and her 12-year-old son. She says her daughter became fussy so she began to nurse her.
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When police arrived, Zeledon-Mussio claims one of the officers told her numerous times to “cover that up.”
She says she eventually covered up as a courtesy to the officer.
“I want to let you know what you are asking me to do is illegal,” Zeledon-Mussio says she told the officer.
She says she felt intimidated by the officer and has filed a complaint with Riverhead Town Police. She hopes to make sure everyone knows that public breastfeeding is protected under New York state law.
Riverhead police said they are investigating the allegations.