Torrington Mom Berated by Customer for Breast-Feeding in Target

The mother captured the confrontation on video and posted it to Facebook

A Connecticut woman who was berated by a man who called her "disgusting" for breast-feeding her baby in public at a Target store is thanking customers and employees who defended her.

Jessie Maher captured part of the confrontation Monday in the cafe of a Torrington store on video and posted it to Facebook. The video has been viewed nearly 5 million times and shared over 67,000 times by Wednesday morning.

Maher says the man swore at her and insulted her. The video shows the man demanding a refund before a woman comes to her defense, saying: "You shouldn't be ashamed of feeding your baby. He can go the other way. This is a beautiful moment. If he doesn't like it he can go."

The mother is heard on the video saying she's shaking. Two male Target employees then confront the man and escort him away from the cafe.

In a statement, Target said it supports breast-feeding in any area of the store.

"At Target, we want all of our guests to feel comfortable shopping with us. Our breastfeeding policy, which applies to all stores, is just one of the ways in which we support our guests. Guests who choose to breastfeed in public areas of the store are welcome to do so without being made to feel uncomfortable," Target's statement read in part.

Connecticut state law also protects nursing in public.

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