Some of the breastfeeding news is simply absurd like the story I am linking to today. A UK woman who was breastfeeding her infant near a pool and was asked to leave because no food or drink is allowed near the water.
You read that right. She wasn’t asked to leave because they were offended by her boobs, the fact that she was breastfeeding or that she wouldn’t cover up (not that those are valid reasons but they are the usual offenders). She was asked to leave because if bottles aren’t allowed then neither are boobs.
Seriously?!? Is that the reason? Are they afraid the 3 mo old will swim within an hour of eating? Or maybe they are afraid that mom will somehow fail to place the food wrapper in the proper receptacle? Or maybe, the more likely scenario is that some jackass was offended that pool boobs were used as actual nutrition rather than just eye candy.
From Fox news:
“A woman breast-feeding her 3-month-old son at a public pool was told to stop because she was breaking the pool’s rules that ban food or drink near the water, London’s Daily Mail reported.
Laura Whotton of Carrington in Nottingham, England, was swimming at the John Carroll Leisure Center in Nottingham when she decided to breast-feed her son Joshua.
“You are in a public area, you can’t breast-feed here because there are children here,” she said a lifeguard told her.
Whotton said she was offered a private room to feed Joshua, but she declined the offer, because she wanted to keep an eye on her older son Thomas, who was still swimming in the pool.
Whotton, 26, filed a complaint with the Nottingham City Council.
“The council’s policy is to enable mothers to breast-feed in all council centers, including leisure centers,” said a spokesman for the local authority. “The only exception to this rule at leisure centers is in the swimming pool and surrounding area, where in the interest of safety and hygiene, there is a policy of no food and drink. The rule also covers breast-feeding, as it would bottle feeding of a baby.”
The council has since offered a full apology and amended its breast-feeding policy after the incident.”