TIGARD, Ore. At least a dozen mothers held a nurse-in at a local shopping center to raise awareness about breast-feeding rights.

It was spurred by a recent incident at Bridgeport Village, where a young security guard told two young mothers that they should stop breast feeding in an outdoor children s play area. Breast-feeding in public is protected by Oregon law; it is legal to breast-feed children in public places.

I m not surprised that people aren t aware of the law because I wasn t aware until I had my own baby and was breast-feeding, said Bonnie McNeil. And it s not something that people, especially without babies, ever think about.

She was one of the mothers the security guard told to cover up, or go somewhere else to nurse.

Bridgeport Village management said the recent incident was an isolated one, and they would work harder to educate anyone working at the shopping center about the rights of breast-feeding moms. Bridgeport Village supported the nurse-in, and provided cookies for the group.

We are community center and we welcome moms, said Sarah Sumpter with Bridgeport Village. We are just really pleased with the turnout and that we ve all come together to be on the same page and make it a positive thing.

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