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Despite the retreat, some women decided to go ahead with the “mamaton” protest to show solidarity with Patricia Barrantes, who left the mall the previous weekend rather than comply with a security guard’s order to stop nursing her daughter and move to a special lactation room.

Anger was widespread after reports of what happened to Ms. Barrantes.

Thousands of angry comments were posted on Twitter and Facebook, mainly by women in Costa Rica and other countries in the region.

Women’s and children’s groups said the incident set a terrible example in a region where they are trying to encourage more breast-feeding instead of the widespread use of baby formula in order to improve infant health.

Governments in Costa Rica and other Central American nations try to encourage breast-feeding with laws that include mandatory time off during the work day for new mothers to feed their babies or pump breast milk. But women’s and children’s advocates say rates of breast-feeding remain far too low.

The Costa Rican National Women’s Institute sent the mall a formal letter warning that there is no legal justification for barring breast-feeding in public areas.

Last Tuesday, President Laura Chinchilla admonished Lincoln Plaza’s managers, saying interfering with breast-feeding in public is unjust and stressing that the provision of lactation rooms is only “so that women have an alternative location” to breast-feed if they wish.

The mall backed down later that day.


Dog recovers from abuse by drug traffickers

MEXICO CITY — A dog reportedly mutilated by Mexican drug traffickers is recovering at a sanctuary for abused and abandoned dogs.

Sanctuary owner Patricia Ruiz says Pay de Limon, or “Lemon Pie,” was fitted with prosthetic front legs last year. The Belgian shepherd mix now walks, jumps and runs.

Ms. Ruiz says the dog was left in a trash can to die after his two front legs were cut off. She says people who asked her to help Pay de Limon told her that drug traffickers used the dog to practice for mutilating humans.

Pay de Limon is one of 128 abused dogs living at the Milagros Caninos sanctuary. Dogs on wheelchairs, blind, deaf or ill frolic and run around the huge sanctuary in the southern part of Mexico City.

From wire dispatches and staff reports