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Chimichanga Leic asked me to breastfeed in toilet!

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hcat123 Tue 25-Nov-14 12:48:28

Outraged at suggestion in new chimichanga Leicester tht I would breastfeed my 10 week old daughter in the toilet downstairs! Have emailed the restaurant and complained - but how can this happen in this day and age?!?
The waiter seemed horrified that I would want to feed at a table and said people normally feed in the toilet downstairs!

FrancisdeSales Tue 25-Nov-14 12:49:42

I guess they must also eat their lunch in the loo.

iamsofuckingfurious Tue 25-Nov-14 12:55:57

Did they ask you to feed in the toilet or tell you that other people usually feed in the toilet? Two very different scenarios. The first is illegal, the second is possibly a misguided waiter trying to be helpful.

squizita Tue 25-Nov-14 13:04:33

I would contact head office.
Possibly a staff training issue - a memo going round reminding staff that if a premises allows babies they allow breastfeeding would prevent it happening again.
I guess if you're a youngster who has never considered baby care you'd just repeat what you thought was normal/the rules.

bigbluestars Tue 25-Nov-14 14:17:26

It depends on the conversation- did you ask to breastfeed? Did the waiter interrupt you breastfeeding or ask you to stop or move?

Telling you that most women feed in the toilet isn't actually breaking any rules- it may well be true.

hcat123 Tue 25-Nov-14 14:18:45

Nope. He definitely said - you can't do that here, but you can feed in the toilet downstairs.

FoxSticks Tue 25-Nov-14 14:21:22

Shocking, what did you say back to him?

SassySugarCane Tue 25-Nov-14 14:21:41

Hope you told him where to go with that idea?

lucidlady Tue 25-Nov-14 14:26:37

That's outrageous. What did you say to him?

5madthings Tue 25-Nov-14 14:31:53

What did you say to him? Did you complain?

RightyTightyLeftyLoosey Tue 25-Nov-14 14:32:05

That's just shitty. I would have laughed in his face!
I am really angry on your behalf op that pisses me right off.

If I was anywhere near you I'd be there like a shot (wonder what he would say to me bfing a 2 1/2 yr old!)

bigbluestars Tue 25-Nov-14 14:36:02

If you lived in Scotland you could have called the police and had him arrested. Here that is a criminal offence.

hcat123 Tue 25-Nov-14 14:53:22

I was having an already poop day free buggy had cal lapsed... I was v speachless and my partner just said, this is ridiculous - we are going somewhere else. Worth saying we went to Mem Saab instead and they were lovely and couldn't have been more helpful smile)

tiktok Tue 25-Nov-14 15:58:10

It's illegal to ask you to move for feeding. Anywhere you and your baby are entitled to be, you can feed.

Please follow this up - it may well be a staff training issue, rather than a daft and outdated policy.

Your local paper would be interested, too, but of course that means pictures and idiots commenting online that you are an attention-seeker or disgusting blah blah blah.

hcat123 Tue 25-Nov-14 16:09:50

Don't want pictures- not my thing - I'm a new mum and don't look so good these days!

petalsandstars Tue 25-Nov-14 16:25:19

John lewis are fab for bf mums - Definitely take it further with head office as it's awful behaviour from the waiter

katandkits Tue 25-Nov-14 16:28:55

In your written complaint tell them that they were in breach of the 2010 equality act. it is illegal to ask you not to feed in a public place.

squizita Tue 25-Nov-14 16:56:14

I would ask outright: do they intend on displaying a policy of no babies/mums, or will they retrain staff. I would also point out how disgusting it is expecting a baby - with lower immunity than an adult - to eat in a toilet. Some people need to have it spelt out!!

Pelicangiraffe Tue 25-Nov-14 17:00:54

Outrageous!!! The waiter should be shot. Seriously!!

hcat123 Tue 25-Nov-14 17:14:42

I have made a written complaint and let's see what happens... Hopefully the staff just need a little training!

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