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‘I have never felt so humiliated’ says woman confronted for breastfeeding in dentist’s office

When Taylor Chaice Buzbee went to a dentist about an agonizing toothache, she expected to leave feeling better.

Instead, she left humiliated and tearful after an employee at Aspen Dental took her baby son from her arms while she was in the dentist’s chair.

After the toothache set in late Thursday, Buzbee called early Friday seeking an appointment. She was told they could fit her in, but she had to be at the office in 20 minutes, leaving no time to find a babysitter for her 9-month-old son. Employees assured her she could bring her son with her to the office.

Halfway through the appointment, Buzbee started nursing her hungry son, the first time she had done that in public.

“He started getting a little fussy,” she said. “I don’t nurse in public, and I never have because I hear these stories about people being shamed… I don’t do well with being confronted, so I usually find another room to go to.”

At the office, though, she had no other options. The hygienists didn’t seem to mind, and one offered to come back when she was finished nursing.

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Later the dentist came into the room accompanied by another employee, who told Buzbee she wasn’t allowed to breastfeed in the office. When she was again left alone, she continued to nurse until the same woman returned and said it wasn’t allowed.

“I was put in a situation where my son comes first,” she said. “I was doing what my son needed. If he’s hungry, I’m going to feed him.”

As the dentist checked Buzbee’s teeth, the woman took the baby from her arms without asking and put him in a stroller, complaining that he was in the way, Buzbee said.

“I have never felt so humiliated in my life,” she said. “That was my biggest concern. Don’t take him out of my arms. It was a situation where I was humiliated, I was crying, and I felt just embarrassed to be there.”

A representative for Aspen Dental Management Inc. said Friday evening that the company was looking into the incident.

“I called Ms. Buzbee this evening and personally apologized to her for her experience — no nursing mother should ever be made to feel uncomfortable while feeding her child,” said Kasey Pickett, the company’s director of communications.

“We at Aspen Dental Management, Inc., and the Aspen Dental practices we support take this matter very seriously,” Pickett said in an email. “We are reviewing what happened today and will take appropriate steps to ensure every patient who visits an Aspen Dental practice feels comfortable during their visit.”

As the dentist checked Buzbee’s teeth, the woman took the baby from her arms without asking and put him in a stroller, complaining that he was in the way, Buzbee said.

Buzbee left soon after the incident and reached out to a Facebook community that focuses on breastfeeding issues.

Buzbee left soon after the incident and reached out to a Facebook community that focuses on breastfeeding issues. Many people responded to encourage her and assure her she’d done nothing wrong.

Mothers should be applauded, not shamed, for breastfeeding their babies, said Glenda Dickerson, a member of the executive board of the Alabama Breastfeeding Committee.

“Unfortunately, in the state of Alabama and most of the nation, we’re not comfortable culturally with breastfeeding, and people do feel they have a right to say something,” she said.

Several groups have discussed pushing proposals to protect the rights of breastfeeding mothers in Alabama, she said. Ultimately, if a mother is being discreet, it should be no one else’s concern.

“Babies get hungry wherever they are,” Dickerson said. “They can’t wait until it’s convenient for everybody else.”

By: Kelsey Stein

3 thoughts on “‘I have never felt so humiliated’ says woman confronted for breastfeeding in dentist’s office”

  1. I am a mother of four, now grown children. I was adamant about nursing all of them. I applaud this young woman for doing what is best for her child. Through the years when I was nursing I found myself propped against a restroom wall, or in a stall. One time when I was waiting for my husband to pick me and our daughter up I found myself outside with no where to go so I threw a blanket over my shoulder and nursed her with people passing us by. As a society we are becoming tolerant of the unnatural and intolerant of the natural.

    1. Judi, I think it’s great that people do what’s best for their children instead of worrying what others think. I can’t say being in the dentist’s chair is a great place for breastfeeding, but I can applaud her for putting her child first.

  2. Absolutely nauseating…..the most normal, natural thing in the world somehow made socially unacceptable or what? “dirty” in this sick hypersexualized society that cause 7 yr olds to dress like li’l hookers based on the societal mores instilled by such “Trojan Horses” as Disney, the Disney Channel” the Family Channel” and other mediums which are not what they espouse to represent themselves to be.
    Anyone who would seek to berate a mother nourishing helpless. totally dependent infant or attempt to assign or impute some warped issue of moral turpitude should forced to watch about 200 hours straight of the God-given miracle of motherly love and nurturing. In short we have been inured to any normal exposure of skin without fabricating some overt sexual implication thereto in need of policing by the nearest person who my or not be jealous for whatever vacuous line of reasoning.
    Three cheers to you Ms. Taylor Buzbee!!. I have witnessed similar occurrences several times when a mother was publicly and discretely feeding her baby and it was always done as tastefully, with discretion and of necessity and should in no way be misconstrued as some indecent act needing ANYONE’S oversight or approval least f al the government’s.

    On those occasions when I have witnessed it noticed ARY an upturned blue nose, or grimace/glare of disapproval but instead knowing glances garnished with a little smile at the shared witnessing o a miracle from GOD and a warm feeling at seeing just one minute part of this world functioning as it was intended by GOD……or if you prefer…even that monkey guy from the Galapagos Kid, Mister Darwin, of “The Origin of Species” c 1859 and his “THEORY” of monkeydom which of course would recognize the efficacy and natural need to nurse their babies as needed ( it’s a mammalian thang) and even they need no approval nor interference of that most NORMAL, loving and natural. maternal acts and far preferable to assorted soy based products ( which of course you knew contains soy and estrogen num num for baby!) because apparently certain elements of that old standby cow’s milk have been contaminated by assorted pharmaceuticals to the degree that dangerous anaphylactic reactions would almost certainly sicken or even kill many babies in this 21st century chemical laced and dominated society.
    Sadly…..that is no longer Ozzie nor Harriet, Ward and June Donna Reed ad Carl Betz nor Robert Young and Jane Wyatt, nor any other iconic tribute to days of more simplicity, sounder social structures and less blue nosed self righteous
    jackasses dictating other’ actions by their own repressions.

    And YES I am a Christian. (AND GOD did not place in his word for condemnation of nursing mothers) SO…the inevitable oft inanely and misconstrued offered question rears it’s head……IE “what would Jesus do”. I’d have to guess that He’d have probably said “shut up lady” go scrape some plaque and allow the child to eat…and take a hit or 2 or 8 of the nitrous oxide gas on the way to chill yourself out”. “This is my plan so get a hobby and eave mother and child alone”. OR “Lady shut up and read this Book! you moron. And YOU! You just carry on Ms. Buzbee…you are the normal one NOT Aspen Dental.

    You are right and maybe this should go viral. Money being more important that the welfare of a tiny helpless infant. Let their ignorance cost someone some $$$$ and then you will suddenly see a degree of social deference and embracing of this honorable and most necessary activity occurrence

    Sorry to wax so verbose but this is the height of low. Watch out whose minding your kids after school via TV. The Brady’s and even Partridge Family have retired and good ol’ family values from Pokémon, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears ( and OH!OH! A NEWER ONE RELATIVELEY SPEAKING LADY GAGA NOW SEELLING PERFUME CONTAINING HER OWN BLOOD, SOMEBODY’S SEMEN ( oh yeah? Look it up) G-O-O-G-L-E…..AND GOD only kNows what else?) and other previous Mouseketeers ( MY MY BUT DON’T THOSE YOUNG GIRLS ACT RATHER STRANGELY NOWADAYS?) and still rerunning for your impressionable children and the overtly over reacting responses to these types are manifesting everywhere among the ignorant.
    COME BACK OZZIE, HARRIET RICKY AND DAVE AND WALLY , BEAV AN CREEPY EDDIE HASKELL….MAY AS WELL ADD JACK BENNY, DANNY THOMAS AND RED SKELTON TOO..AND DONNA AND DR. STONE ( LET SHELLEY SING “JOHNNY ANGEL” AGAIN TOO) ..EVEN LUCY…WE’RE THAT DESPEARATE.. WE NEED THAT MUCH HELP NOW. CIAO AND ;LETS KEEP THOSE FUBASGS COVERED UP LEST SOME RECEIVE A LITTLE INAPPROPRIATELY TIMES …UH ER DUH…SOME TITILLATION ( NO PUN) …. SCINTILLA, JOT OR TITTLE NOR MOLECULE ( NO PUN EITHER ) BREASTEZ ARE BAY’UD…M’KAY????….Morons? Do they reproduce via mitosis or are aliens dropping them off by the crate at night? LOL..HAHAHAHAHA…Maters not for the multiply exponentially; especially at Aspen Dental eh?

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