A mom who claimed she was asked to leave a service at Pastor Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church in North Carolina for breastfeeding her baby in public is now organizing a “Nurse-In” during the 11 a.m. service on Sunday.
Amanda Zilliken, a mom of three, was nursing her 4-month-old daughter in the sanctuary of the Ballantyne location of the church when a volunteer shone a flashlight on her and told her to move to the bathroom.
“I just got kicked out of church for breastfeeding with a cover on and directed to the bathroom. Shame on you Elevation,” Zilliken wrote in a Facebook post, which included a photo of the church’s bathroom.
She claimed she approached the other volunteers to explain the situation, but says they were “unsympathetic,” and one told her, “Honey, you have to understand that my job as a volunteer is to make sure everyone is comfortable, not just you.”
the ordeal sparked outrage among social media users, who scheduled a “nurse-in” to be held Aug. 20 at the Ballantyne campus.
“It’ll be local moms coming together to breastfeed their babies where [Zilliken] was kicked out,” Ariel Tauro, a breastfeeding activist in New Jersey, told the Charlotte Observer.