Hotel asked mums not to bf by pool....

(57 Posts)
NorthLondonMum83 Tue 26-Apr-16 11:54:39

I take my LO swimming at a hotel's fitness centre, part of a major chain. At the end of today's class, the teacher very reluctantly told us that mums had been asked not to bf before or after classes by the pool - as it made staff feel uncomfortable. Fine to do in changing rooms etc - but that's not massively practical, there's really hardly anywhere to sit. I feel passionately about a mum's right to bf absolutely wherever she needs or wants to (and about any mum's right equally not to do it at all!), and have fed there previously. Initial reaction was to be furious and complain to head office....Does that seem like a sensible course of action!? If I don't my partner might!

Mouthfulofquiz Tue 26-Apr-16 11:55:54

I would complain about that - and carry on feeding as normal.

MunchyMunchkin Tue 26-Apr-16 11:56:46

You should absolutely be complaining. Your right to breastfeed where you need to is protected by law. I'd be livid.

RaeSkywalker Tue 26-Apr-16 11:58:21

Complain and carry on feeding! I'm guessing that it's something like Water Babies? If the fitness centre is prepared to make money out of you being there, they can hardly complain about breastfeeding. Groups of babies = highly likely that breastfeeding will happen.

AddToBasket Tue 26-Apr-16 11:58:29

Oh, well there's a law suit and a few content journalists. Name and shame the pool, OP. Totally unacceptable for the staff to behave like that.

RaeSkywalker Tue 26-Apr-16 11:59:09

The "uncomfortable" staff need to go on urgent 'get a grip' training.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Tue 26-Apr-16 11:59:15

For those who are uncomfortable I would remind them that they do not have to look.

NorthLondonMum83 Tue 26-Apr-16 11:59:41

Thanks both - sense checking really! I know I feel very strongly, I really hope it's something that has just been miscommunicated - I think that the chain is known to be quite a good employer etc. I'll put in a call.

Penfold007 Tue 26-Apr-16 12:14:37

The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal to attempt to stop mothers breast feeding in a public place. The pool area is a public place even though you have to pay an entry fee. I'd remind the hotel chain of this.

MintyBojingles Tue 26-Apr-16 12:23:08

Complain and feed away!

CutYourHairAndGetAJob Tue 26-Apr-16 12:29:30

I always feed ds poolside at our public swimming pool, he wants milk as soon as he gets out of the water and there's always a queue for the family changing rooms so it's the only option that doesn't involve a lot of screaming.

I agree with pp that you have the right to bf your baby so I would put in a complaint to the hotel head office.

Baconyum Tue 26-Apr-16 12:32:15

Complain and if they don't rescind the instruction I bet you'll get a different response if you all get together, cancel your class requesting a refund! Money talks!

MoggyP Tue 26-Apr-16 12:35:25

Do they provide a place for feeding, whether from breast or bottle?

If they do, then they can require you to use it. But it needs to be suitable and convenient. It's like shopping in John Lewis. Brilliant feeding rooms, and people are steered to them, not allowed to use a random chair on the shop floor.

PotteringAlong Tue 26-Apr-16 12:37:08

moggy but you can feed on the shop floor in John Lewis if you want to; it's the law.

katand2kits Tue 26-Apr-16 12:38:01

I'm pretty sure they can't force you to use a designated area just because they provide one. You have the right to feed anywhere your baby is legally allowed to be.

FoxesSitOnBoxes Tue 26-Apr-16 12:38:09

Can they require you to use a feeding room? Surely not?

katand2kits Tue 26-Apr-16 12:38:43

It would be illegal for staff in JL to tell you to go into the feeding room.

WaitroseCoffeeCostaCup Tue 26-Apr-16 12:39:25

If you are legally allowed to be there, you are legally allowed to feed there. Simple.

Dorisdolalee Tue 26-Apr-16 12:41:36

My god that's so awful.but mostly because the staff feel uncomfortable. Bring your kids up to understand BFing is completely NORMAL so that as adults they won't be such dicks about it.

madcapped Tue 26-Apr-16 12:45:01

Moggy that's blatantly untrue and contrary to the training sessions I ran when I worked there. Not to mention illegal.

WellErrr Tue 26-Apr-16 12:54:54

That's appalling. Particularly for the reason cited.
I would absolutely complain. Vehemently.

ConfusedAboutSchools Tue 26-Apr-16 12:57:36

I thought the law only covered bf until baby is six months old?

In any case, I would complain to Head Office. I really don't think 'staff being uncomfortable' is a reason to prevent a baby being fed as necessary at any age...

WellErrr Tue 26-Apr-16 12:59:29

Absolute bollocks confused, the law protects breastfeeding full stop.

As what you suggest would imply that breastfeeding is only ok up to 6 months?

Heirhelp Tue 26-Apr-16 13:01:55

They are breaking the law. I would name and shame them.

ConfusedAboutSchools Tue 26-Apr-16 13:02:19

WellErr I genuinely thought the law only covered bf mothers up until six months old. I bf both my children and got a bit of a hard time in certain locations out and about, so er, back off with the tone, yeah?

My second sentence supported a complaint too. Jeez.

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