A breastfeeding mother was left ‘uncomfortable and angry’ after she was asked to cover up at a Wetherspoon’s pub.
Becky Bolger, 30, was visiting The Square Peg in Birmingham city centre with her 17-month-old son and her sister for a meal.
But Mrs Bolger said that a member of staff approached her after she began breastfeeding the toddler. She was asked to cover his head.
Wetherspoon’s later declared the incident ‘an error in judgement’ and said breastfeeding mothers are always welcome in the pub.
Mrs Bolger said: ‘I did explain to her that if I covered his head it would only cause more of a scene.
‘I was really quite angry but tried to stay calm.
‘I’d never been asked this before and I felt really uncomfortable for the whole time I was there because I was just trying to feed my son and I was just getting negativity.’
She further said that her sister was so angry that she wanted to go and shout at the authorities. But I said there is no point.
She says, ‘I’m not the sort of person who likes to complain or likes confrontation.
‘If I had stopped feeding my son altogether he would have screamed the place down.’
Mrs Bolger said: ‘Even though I felt uncomfortable I didn’t want it to affect me or stop me doing what I always do.’
Mrs Bolger’s husband James contacted the CEO of JD Wetherspoon and complaints office when he got to know about the entire incident. He also posted in breastfeeding and feminist groups on Facebook.
Source – Daily Mail