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PostSubject: Mother banned from pool after breast feeding fiasco   Thu May 21, 2009 9:36 am

A mother was told to stop breastfeeding because she was contravening a leisure center's poolside food and drink ban. Laura Whotton began feeding her three-month-old son Joshua after they had a swim together, because he was hungry and starting to cry.

Both had towels draped around them as they sat on a bench by the poolside. But a male lifeguard spotted them and marched over to question Mrs Whotton. The mother of two said she had taken care to cover up and he had to ask her: 'Are you breastfeeding?' She was then told: 'You are in a public area, you can't breastfeed because there are children here.'

The shocked mother explained she was entitled to 'by law' and told him she was not indecent and not offending anyone.

She was offered a 'private room' to breastfeed Joshua but refused because she was keeping an eye on her four-year-old son Thomas, who was swimming in a nearby toddler's pool. When the lifeguard refused to back down, she decided to leave the leisure center.

A spokesman for the local authority said: 'The council's policy is to enable mothers to breastfeed in all council centres, including leisure centres. The only exception to this rule at leisure centres is in the swimming pool and surrounding area, where, in the interests of safety and hygiene, there is a policy of no food or drink.

This rule also covers breast feeding, as it would the bottle feeding of a baby.'
Now the council has given her a 'full and open apology' and has 'reviewed and amended' its breastfeeding policy.

Breast feeding in public is indecent...nothing against breast feeding mothers but get a room to do so for pete's sake.

Source: Arbroath

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PostSubject: Re: Mother banned from pool after breast feeding fiasco   Tue May 26, 2009 7:18 am

this is similar 2 what happened in McDonald's study
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PostSubject: Re: Mother banned from pool after breast feeding fiasco   Tue May 26, 2009 7:49 am

^ nice find

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PostSubject: Re: Mother banned from pool after breast feeding fiasco   Wed May 27, 2009 12:21 pm

lol! cool!
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PostSubject: Re: Mother banned from pool after breast feeding fiasco   Fri May 29, 2009 4:11 am

its naturel but 2 reaviling Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Mother banned from pool after breast feeding fiasco   Sun Aug 23, 2009 6:18 pm

i dnt no what i would do has the law changed
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