Madison city council to clarify ordinance with breast feeding clause

Move comes after controversial vote by Eau Claire
Madison city council to clarify ordinance with breast feeding clause

Madison leaders are taking a stance on breast feeding after a controversial ordinance up in Eau Claire made headlines this fall.

The Eau Claire City Council moved to ban children from its meetings after some councilors complained about a colleague breastfeeding during proceedings. That resolution was passed on a 7-1 vote.

Now, more than a dozen alders are signing on to an ordinance change that will specify breastfeeding women and their children are allowed in Madison council chambers.
While it’s more of a clarification to a technicality in a current clause, Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff says it’s also a message.

“A message to mothers that I support you, and a message to women who want to run for elected office that we’re going to support you in elected office,” she said.

The City Council Executive Committee will take a vote on the measure Tuesday night. It will head to the full council in January.

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