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Breastfeeding In Public


A MUM was ordered to stop breastfeeding her son at a public swimming pool — because it broke the ban on food and drink. Imajica Gilroy, 20, started nursing nine-month-old Riley in the Jacuzzi to calm his nerves on his first visit to the baths. But a lifeguard told her to stop — saying it did not matter how old the boy was.

Hairdresser Imajica said they were sitting in a Jacuzzi when her child became nervous so she decided to feed him, she was then approached by a lifeguard who told her it was not allowed in the pool area. The Equality Act 2010 made it illegal to discriminate against a woman for breastfeeding in a public place. Colin Deans, manager of Parkside Pool in Cambridge, said that he apologizes for any inconvenience this misunderstanding has caused, but Imajica, who posted a complaint on the pool’s Facebook page, now plans to stage a “nurse-in” outside the baths next month. She said: “I want to show Parkside Pool that breastfeeding is a wholly natural thing, and women should not feel awkward or segregated while feeding their baby. There will be a picnic and I will be making breast-shaped muffins for it.”

Slacker understands that breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural thing, but just because women have the right to and can breastfeed…doesn’t mean they should or need to in public places. He thinks that it is ridiculous that she was breastfeeding in a Jacuzzi to begin with, not to mention it did say no food or drink.

Steve says that breastfeeding in public is gross and unacceptable. He says women who breastfeed in public are attention starving. Steve thinks that if a pool says no food or drink then maybe that supersedes the law. Either way, both Slacker and Steve agree that the fact that she was breastfeeding her son in a Jacuzzi is terrible parenting style.

Do you think she should have been kicked out?

With Love,
Intern Elana

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