- The Washington Times - Monday, January 12, 2015

A Pennsylvania mother is outraged after she says a Maryland casino kicked her out for breastfeeding her 7-week-old baby.

Alanna Panas of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, said security at the Ocean Downs casino in Berlin, Maryland, kicked her out on Jan. 3 for being a security threat after she began breastfeeding her baby while waiting for her boyfriend in the casino’s lobby.

“Their signage says no one under 21 is permitted on the gaming floor,” Ms. Panas told a local CBS affiliate.

“But I didn’t have my baby on the casino floor,” she said. “Lilly and I were in the corner of the lobby.”

Ocean Downs posted an apology online saying, “The Casino at Ocean Downs strives to make our guests’ experiences enjoyable, and if any member of our team acted in a manner that did not promote that experience, we apologize. We will be reaching out to Ms. Panas directly to discuss her concerns.”

Ms. Panas said she is still upset after the casino called her and attempted to apologize.

“The assistant director told me the reason why I was asked to leave is because I was seen as a security threat,” she told the Salisbury Daily Times.

“I just want a sincere apology for the way we were treated,” she said. “They just basically said it was Lilly and my fault.”

Ms. Panas posted her experience on Facebook, and the story has gone viral with waves of support from other mothers.

Krissy Kemp, founder of Breastfeeding Mama Talk on Facebook, shared her story to help promote awareness about breastfeeding laws.

“It’s not like I love ousting businesses and getting boob mobs all over their social media accounts, but I feel like if people don’t unite to educate one another, incidents similar to Alanna’s will continue to happen,” she told the Daily Times. “I don’t think Panas deserved to be shown the door.”

Maryland casino gaming laws state that individuals under the age of 21 are not permitted on the gaming floor, but Maryland also has specific laws allowing women to breastfeed in any public or private locations where they are authorized to be.

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