Woman told not to breastfeed son sues Hillsboro dental office
A Central Oregon woman is suing a Hillsboro dental group after dentists told her she could not breastfeed her 15-month-old child while her other children were being examined.
Kalee Kellough, 31, of La Pine, filed the lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Aug. 22 against Willamette Dental Group, which is based in Hillsboro and operates dozens of dental offices across Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Kellough was a patient at the dentist group's Bend location and was at the facility on July 31 with her two children, a 15-month-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. Kellough's daughter was scheduled to undergo a dental procedure to remove an infected tooth.
Kellough was in the exam room with her daughter, and had started to breastfeed her young son when she was told to stop. The Oregonian reports that Kellough was attempting to sooth the toddler so it wouldn't be fussy during the procedure.
Staff at the dentist's office told Kellough she could not nurse the child in the room, according to the lawsuit, and dentists at the facility refused to perform the procedure on the young girl because Kellough was breastfeeding.
Kellough and her children were ultimately escorted from the property, the lawsuit alleges.Kellough said the dental office did not provide her with a referral to another dentist, and Kellough said her daughter has suffered with a dental infection for weeks.
The lawsuit alleges Kellough was discriminated against because of her sex. Breastfeeding in public is protected under Oregon law and Kellough had been allowed to breast feed her children at the dental office multiple times in the past, the lawsuit claims.
Kellough's lawsuit doesn't seek money, but does ask a judge to declare the dentist group's Bend office discriminated against her because of her sex.
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