Mother says she was shamed, sent to basement for breastfeeding baby
While breastfeeding at a country club, a mother says she was moved to a basement area after people complained. (Source: CTV Network/CNN)
CANADA (CTV/CNN) – A mother says she was sent to a basement to breastfeed her baby.
While at a country club Saturday, Alexandra Shimo noticed her 2-month-old baby was hungry. She took the baby to a quiet corner outside the dining area to breastfeed him.
Shimo says the restaurant manager came over while she was feeding her son and told her some people had complained.
“Then the restaurant manager came over, and he said a few people had complained because they didn’t want to see this while they were eating,” she said.
The manager pulled out a table cloth and took Shimo to a basement area, she says, where she could finish breastfeeding.
“I thought, ‘Well this is ridiculous. Why do you find the sight of a baby feeding disgusting? And why have you made me feel ashamed?'” Shimo said.
Shimo says she shouldn’t have been made to feel ashamed and that the laws that allow her to breastfeed in public should also apply in private venues.
“Generally, I don’t feed him a lot in public because it is a personal act,” Shimo said of her son, “but I think if he’s hungry, I’m not going to make my baby suffer.”
Shimo’s partner, Lia Grimanis, posted a photo of the mother and son in the basement on Facebook. The couple would like an apology from the country club and for the staff to undergo sensitivity training.
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