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#Breastfeeding Mom Violates Pool’s Ban on Food, Drink

#Breastfeeding Mom Violates Pool’s Ban on Food, Drink

If Breastfeeding Moms Would Stop This Then They Wouldn't Get Kicked Out

If Breastfeeding Moms Would Stop This Then They Wouldn't Get Kicked Out

I am designating the first week of June as my own personal breastfeeding news week because there is so much great content out there right now about breastfeeding (both good and bad).

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. :evil: :roll:

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.”

Click here to read more on this story from the Daily Mail.
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14 Comments

  1. Jessie V. · June 1, 2009 Reply

    GAHH.. that makes me so angry.

    Jessie V.s last blog post..The Crux of Attachment Parenting

  2. Sheryl · June 2, 2009 Reply

    Dear Jessie V.,

    You and me both. I will never understand stuff like this as long as I live.

  3. Erica · June 2, 2009 Reply

    :mad:

  4. gfmstudio · June 4, 2009 Reply

    i dont like it

    gfmstudios last blog post..Oriental Chicken Tenders Curried Peanut Chicken

  5. matthew@food franchises · June 26, 2009 Reply

    lolz. im sorry but it’s still funny, to read anyway. Not for the poor women though.

    @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

    Insanity but lets face it, there are several billion people on this planet and the likelyhood of some of them being plain daft is very high. this poor women just met one of those that are daft, bordering in insane.

    My gf has breastfed all our babies, at school shows, in public parks. etc. everywhere. Never, ever been a problem.

    I sympathise with this lady but I do not think everyone is so prudish.

    matthews last blog post..ContractorsRhere.com

  6. Kaylee Lopez · May 26, 2010 Reply

    i love to eat and drink exotic foods and delicacies from all over the world.-’*

  7. Melissa@ Short Scale Bass Guitar · July 27, 2010 Reply

    Well this is quite funny. Maybe if they have changed the way how they deliver their message, it would not be as insulting as this one. They can just ask the mom to move a bit farther from the pool while breastfeeding, for the baby’s sake, and not for any other reason.

  8. louise@IT Support London · August 12, 2010 Reply

    That would be quite funny if it wasnt so stupid.

  9. Akando · September 9, 2010 Reply

    I know that is truly boring and you are skipping towards the next comment, but I just wanted to throw you a big thank you – you cleared up some things for me!

  10. Acne Remedy ` · October 11, 2010 Reply

    food and drink is my thing. i always look for new recipes and juices`:*

  11. clair @ natural breast enhancement · November 24, 2010 Reply

    Thanks for the great post about breast feeding in public. Your post brought up a lot of interesting points about breast feeding that I haven’t thought about. I’m looking forward to reading a lot more of your site in the future.

  12. Food Insurance · November 30, 2010 Reply

    I laughed my guts out with your post, especially the “Or maybe they are afraid that mom will somehow fail to place the food wrapper in the proper receptacle?

  13. Neon Light · December 13, 2010 Reply

    i love food and drinks that are very tasty. i do eat a lot and drink a lot of alcohol these days ,*.

  14. Jillian@Moringa · May 17, 2011 Reply

    Hahaha – that’s too funny, do you know why she was so upset about it? I don’t know why she couldn’t just take her kids out for a minute to feed her baby or else just wait!

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