So much for women’s liberation eh?
A new mum who was dining at one of London’s poshest hotels Claridge’s, has told the BBC how she felt ‘humiliated’ after being told to cover up while breastfeeding at the luxury hotel.
Louise Burns said she’s been sitting minding her business while breastfeeding her baby 12 week old daughter Isadora, when a member of staff knelt down beside her to say that they normally ask mums breastfeeding to “cover up”.
“Very discreetly, I started to feed her and as soon as I started, the waiter came over and knelt down next to say to me that they usually ask mums to be discreet.” She also said her first reaction was to burst into tears after the incident.
Ms Burns said she had been discreet and couldn’t understand why she was being chastised for doing something that comes naturally with motherhood.
Under the equality act, women cannot be asked to stop breastfeeding and cannot be treated unfavourably as a result of breastfeeding.
Despite these laws, it’s not uncommon for women to receive questioning glares from members of the public when they deign to breastfeed their babies in public spaces. While most new shopping centres have ample mother and baby rooms, there’s still a lot to be done to make breastfeeding on the go a stress free process for women.
Claridge’s have issued a statement saying they welcome breastfeeding, but only ask customers to be discreet and respect other guests.
Needless to say Ms Burns says she will not be visiting again anytime soon.