Mother shamed for breastfeeding in church by leaders

A mother has been left shocked after her breastfeeding in a Michigan church was described by church leaders as immodest and inspiring lustfulness in men.

Amy Marchant, a 29-year-old mother of three, claims she received messages over social media from church leaders shaming her for breastfeeding her one-year-old daughter inside the Naz Church in Detroit.

Ms Marchant said she was stunned when one of the leaders demanded she covered up or left the church to find an appropriate nursing area.

"Of all the places, it is most hurtful when it comes from your own church, that you are going to cause guys to lust after you," she told The Livingston Daily on Monday (local time).

Ben Walls, Sr, the church's lead pastor, has since apologised but said he had been led to believe Ms Marchant "was wearing a dress that was pulled down with both of her breasts exposed."

Ms Marchant later met with church leaders to discuss the incident and the local Breastfeeding Anti-Discrimination Act, which was approved four years ago to prohibit women being denied service, facilities or accommodation because of breastfeeding.

Despite the meeting, Ms Marchant said she has no plans to return to the church.