Women Protest at Manchester Aquatics Centre After Breastfeeding Mother told to Move
A breastfeeding woman was asked to move from the poolside where she was feeding her baby. She told the BBC that the incident made her feel like she had committed a crime. The incident sparked protests at a Manchester leisure centre.
The mother said she was asked to go to another location at Manchester Aquatics Centre with her son Leo. There were around 30 people who protested at the centre.
According to a law, breastfeeding is not allowed in public. However, Serco said in a statement that breastfeeding at the pool was no way against the rules. The firm said it encourages breastfeeding in areas that are comfortable like the café rather than the poolside.
An investigation has, however, been initiated by the company. The mother, Stephanie Wilby, is a 22 years old. She was, according to her, just standing at the side minding her own business when a lifeguard appeared and told her to stop feeding the baby. When she asked why she had to stop, the lifeguard replied, it was not hygienic.
She went on to note, "As long as I do so tactfully and I am in within the law then I should not be harassed by people telling me to stop. I was humiliated and it was very distressing".
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