In June, Jennifer Howard said she went to see a new primary care doctor at the Salem Clinic to ask about postpartum depression.
And like any new mother knows, her 3-month-old baby Evelyn went with her.
"You know during the office visit in the exam room, she started crying, she became hungry and I did what any mom would do, I picked her up and attempted to nurse her," Howard told KOIN.
And that's when she said her doctor stopped her.
"And he said, he asked me if I had a cover and I was a little surprised," Howard said.
So, she asked him to clarify.
"And he said, 'Yes, to cover yourself while you're breastfeeding,' and I said, 'Well, no doctor has ever asked me to do that before,' and he said, 'Well, it's a rule. We have to prevent lawsuits from something inappropriate,'" Howard explained.
But it wasn't a clinic policy, in fact, his actions were against the law.
"She (a woman in client services) informed me there was no breastfeeding policy; they don't have one at all," she said.
Oregon law states that women have the right to breastfeed their children in a public place, which is defined as "anywhere that person is allowed to be. Someone cannot require a woman to cover up."
Howard has filed a verbal complaint and has requested to switch doctors.
However, her request was denied.
"Parenting is hard enough as it is and we don't need this, women don't need this ... It was humiliating honestly, I'm just trying to feed my baby, I'm not doing anything that should be hidden. He could have gotten a nurse if he was uncomfortable, he could have simply excused himself and left the room," she said.