Breastfeeding mum told ‘no food or drink by the poolside’!

May 19th, 2009 - 2:32 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 19 (ANI): A mother was told to stop breastfeeding her baby boy by a swimming pool in Nottingham as it breached a leisure centre’s strict poolside ban on food and drink.

Laura Whotton was left fuming when a member of staff said she could not feed 11-week-old Joshua by the pool at John Carroll Leisure Centre.

The 26-year-old, from the Carrington area of the city, said that she was trying to feed the boy while also keeping an eye on her four-year-old son, Thomas, who was swimming.

Whotton told the Nottingham Evening Post: “People in bikinis were showing more skin and breast than I was.”

She added: “When it happened, it made me feel angry. It could put people off going swimming.”

Nottingham City Council insisted there had been “a misunderstanding” and apologised to Whotton.

It has redrafted the regulations to make clear that breastfeeding is allowed and new guidelines have been issued to staff.

“Nottingham City Council actively encourages and supports nursing mothers to breastfeed in all our centres and was one of the first local authorities to provide guidance in support of a mother’s right to breastfeed,” the Telegraph quoted a spokeswoman for the council as saying.

“We have clarified the policy at our leisure centres to make it absolutely clear that someone breastfeeding should not be treated the same as someone who is eating and drinking in the swimming pool areas,” she added. (ANI)

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