Mother who was asked to stop breast-feeding her two-year-old in the seating area of a shoe store shares the opinion – critics claim he is old enough to wait for a more “suitable” place
- Anonymous mother was asked not to breast-feed her son in a British shoe store
- Told Mumsnet that she was feeding in the seating area after she had bought a pair of shoes
- Many responses argued that a two-year-old did not have a strict diet plan
- Others said it is illegal for companies to ask mothers to stop breastfeeding
A mother who was asked to stop breast-feeding her two-year-old son in a shoe store has sparked a debate about inappropriate places to feed.
The anonymous woman went to the British education site Mumsnet, explained that after buying a pair of shoes, she fed her toddler in the seating area where no one fitted shoes.
She said an assistant came and asked her to move, and told her that the seats were only meant for customers trying shoes, even though there were enough free seats if someone wanted to sit down.
Given that she did not stand in the way of others’ customers, the responses to the discussion were torn, with some insisting that the employee should have accommodated her.
However, others claimed that it is not appropriate to breastfeed in an area that would not normally be used for eating or drinking.
Mumsnet users have argued if it is inappropriate to breastfeed in a shoe store after a mother said an employee had asked her to go somewhere else (file image)
A British woman who was breastfeeding her two-year-old in a store asked if she had behaved improperly after the staff had asked her to stop
The mother explained the situation and wrote that she and her son, who is two and a half years old, had gone and fed him ‘sitting on a cushion seat in a shoe store’ after a purchase.
“A few other customers in the area, but nobody even looks like they want to fit shoes,” she explained.
‘All other seats next to me are completely free. An assistant came to me and said please and do I do that somewhere else? The seats are only for fitting.
“He was ready at this point anyway, so I got up and left. Am I unreasonable to have fed him there and to see it as an acceptable place to feed? There were no other people and I prevented anyone from sitting next to us, many other seats available. “
Many responses argued that the woman should have chosen somewhere else, which suggested coffee shops and park benches.
One person wrote: “It’s kind of a strange place to feed, especially a toddler who can wait until a suitable time. I can imagine that if you were short, you would feed a small baby in a store, but don’t really understand why you would do it for an older child.
“I mean, you wouldn’t let your toddler sit on that chair and give them a sandwich or a cracker, would you?”
Another said: “I don’t think the problem here is BF (breastfeeding). I think it was that you were somewhere for paying customers (or potentially paying customers) and you were none.
“If your shoes were fitting and came too short, I think it’s okay to feed your child there, regardless of age. If your child wanted food and you just stopped there because it was a free seat and you were not going to buy in that store, then YABU and should have gone to a coffee shop (and bought a coffee) or otherwise a free audience found seating area / feeding space if there is one. “
A flood of responses to the post destroyed the mother because they claimed she should have chosen a coffee shop or public bank instead
Others argued that it is legal to breastfeed in public and said that the employees should have been trained to house the mother.
‘OP feeds a child well within the average biological natural weaning age, so anyone who says that a 2.5-year-old should not feed as needed has no idea what they are talking about.
“If more people did this, it might become culturally normal and we wouldn’t have such a low breastfeeding and early teat age in this country. It is illegal to prevent someone from breastfeeding in public. Regardless of the child’s age, “one wrote.
Another said: “YANBU (you are not unreasonable). You are legally protected to be able to breastfeed your child. The staff must be trained on this and you must complain to the head office of the store that is responsible for telling you about your move ‘
A third added: “I think if you shop there and you don’t take room for other people to fit shoes, it’s perfectly reasonable to eat there. A better comparison than eating is whether you would have given a toddler a hug and a doll in the same place. If the answer is yes, then yes, you are fully justified in breastfeeding them there ‘
Other responses to the post argued that it is legal to breastfeed in public and that the mother should file a complaint at the store’s headquarters