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Laura Trickle facing contempt of court charges for bringing breastfeeding son to jury duty

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(WJLA) - Missouri mother Laura Trickle has a little boy – and a big problem.

"It's been incredibly stressful," she says. "I'd like to have a little bit more understanding from the court."

She was summoned to jury duty back in August, but asked to be exempted because she needed to breastfeed her then five-month-old son Alex.

The judge disagreed, noting that there is a room where nursing moms can pump.

"As far as pumping, Axel doesn't take a bottle," she explains. "So that wouldn't work for us."

So the judge suggested bringing a caregiver to court to watch Axel between feedings – but Trickle said she couldn’t afford that:

"I'm a stay-at-home mom, so we don't have full-time childcare."

And when Trickle showed up for jury duty with her baby, the judge issued a court order, saying she “willfully and contemptuously appeared for jury service with her child.”

Courthouse officials aren’t talking, but a Missouri state senator is now working on a bill to excuse breastfeeding mothers from jury duty.

Meanwhile, Trickle has a hearing on Thursday and faces up to a $500 fine.

As she puts it: “That’s a lot of diapers.”

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