Disneyland Paris has to apologize to an Australian mother who has to stop breastfeeding on a bench bank
‘They tried to make me feel ashamed’: Australian mother opens up as she was confronted by security at Disneyland Paris who told her to stop breastfeeding her daughter on a bench
- Laura, an Australian living in Paris, said she felt ‘ashamed’
- Disneyland Paris security guards said breastfeeding was offensive to other customers
- Officials said the woman had to take care of her daughter in a ‘special room’
- Disneyland has since apologized, saying ‘deeply regretted the situation’
An Australian woman living in Paris said she felt “ashamed” after two guards tried to prevent her from breastfeeding her daughter on a bench at Disneyland Paris.
“They were trying to make me feel ashamed,” Laura, who did not give her last name, told SBS News.
Laura, who lives in Paris, visited Europe’s largest theme park with her French husband and two children as a treat for her five-year-old after months of Covid lockdowns.
She said she started breastfeeding her two-month-old daughter on a bench while her husband and eldest daughter went for a ride.
Two guards then stood over her and suggested that she take care of her baby in the park’s special baby care area, as her breastfeeding was offensive to other customers.
“At first I felt humiliated, I felt so vulnerable in this very intimate time and something that I considered completely normal and natural.”
Disneyland Paris has been forced to apologize to an Australian woman who was ordered by two guards to stop breastfeeding her daughter on a bench (pictured)
Disneyland Paris has since been forced to apologize to Laura for the incident, which happened last Sunday.
The incident was made public when another woman tweeted that guards had “prevented a mother from breastfeeding her two-month-old baby because it shocked foreign visitors.” In France, in July 2021.”
The tweet added: ‘The offense of hindering breastfeeding, where are we?’
Disneyland initially refused to apologize, saying breastfeeding mothers can use a dedicated baby care center
Disneyland initially declined to apologize, saying breastfeeding mothers can use a dedicated Baby Care Center.
The center will include rooms “with appropriate and comfortable equipment, such as special nursing chairs,” Disneyland tweeted.
But Marlene Schiappa, the former French gender equality minister, then joined the exchange, writing: ‘Dear @DisneylandParis, Breastfeeding a baby is not an offence.
“It’s good to have separate rooms, but nobody knows when and where a baby will be hungry.”
Disneyland went on to say “deeply regret this situation” and “apologies once again to the mother in question.”
The tweet said the guards’ behavior was “incompatible with our regulations and our values,” adding that “there is no restriction on breastfeeding at Disneyland Paris.”
Disneyland Paris reopened last month after being closed since late October due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The situation of mother-of-two Shannon Laverty (left), who was asked in May not to breastfeed her newborn son in the public lounge of Pacific Fair Shopping Center on the Gold Coast, mirrors that of Laura, an Australian living in Paris who experienced the same treatment at Paris Disneyland
The incident followed a similar incident on the Gold Coast, Queensland in May, when a concierge worker at the Pacific Fair Shopping Center asked mother of two Shannon Laverty to use the center’s breastfeeding facilities rather than in the lounge at luxury stores. .
Ms. Laverty took to social media to protest the staffer’s actions and eventually forced an embarrassing withdrawal by Pacific Fair.
It promised to re-educate all of its staff about the company’s policies and the right of mothers to breastfeed in public.
“It is disappointing that there are such incidents,” Kath Angus, the chairman of the Australian Breastfeeding Association’s Queensland branch, told the Daily Mail Australia.
“This is a case of someone just trying to do their job and not realizing that they are violating the anti-discrimination law.
“You see more breasts on a billboard at a bus stop than a breastfeeding mother in a shopping center.”