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Breastfeeding mom says she can’t serve jury duty

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Laura Trickle, pictured with her son, is facing contempt charges in a legal battle over breast-feeding and jury duty. Laura Trickle, pictured with her son, is facing contempt charges in a legal battle over breast-feeding and jury duty.

A Missouri mother is facing a legal battle over breast-feeding and jury duty.

She’s charged with contempt of court because she told a judge she breastfeeds and couldn’t leave her son behind to serve jury duty.

Hoping the judge would grant an exception, Laura Trickle appeared at jury selection with her baby. Instead of granting an exception, the judge gave Laura two options:

"I would be able to pump on breaks, unfortunately Axel doesn't take a bottle, so that's not an option for us. The other option was to have someone stay with me all day and then be able to nurse on breaks. But since I'm a stay-at-home mom we don't have child care," Laura said.

Now she’s facing contempt, and up to a $500 fine.

A senator from St. Joe is working on a bill to excuse breastfeeding moms from jury duty. That’s already the case in Kansas and 11 other states – and Laura hopes her story can help make the change.

"It's not right; it's not fair for us. We're just trying to do what's best for our children and we shouldn't be penalized and fined for it."

Laura has a hearing date on Thursday where she’ll make her case to try and avoid any penalties.

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