Board of Education: Baby has no problem eating while mom is meeting

Baby has no problem eating while mom is meeting
09/13/2006 JJ

HOBOKEN — Last night's school board meeting was business as usual, as board member Theresa Minutillo’s breastfeeding went unremarked.

Twice during the meeting, Minutillo held her 3-month-old daughter, Gabriela Italia Gross, under a pink blanket — a discreet cover for the infant to nurse.

Neither her colleagues nor members of the public who commented when the business of the meeting was finished mentioned her breastfeeding.

Minutillo's critic — a poster on's Hoboken forum who identified herself as Monica Cardella — did not make an appearance.

"Quite honestly, I was expecting something to happen, but nothing was mentioned," said Minutillo, who said that her colleagues on the board have been nothing but supportive.

Board secretary David Anthony said that instead of creating dissension within the board, the controversy over Minutillo's breastfeeding has been unifying.

"I think actually it brought the board together as a family," said Anthony, who served on the board for 11 years. "This is one issue we can all agree on."

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