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Venue not designed to accommodate breastfeeding

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RubbishRobotFromTheDawnOfTime Wed 21-Jan-15 10:42:55

Edinburgh Evening News article

"Organisers of a government summit on breastfeeding have been blasted by politicians and doctors after they told mums they were not welcome to breastfeed at the event.

Delegates who asked to bring their babies to the conference at Murrayfield Stadium were told by officials the venue “is not designed to accommodate breastfeeding.”"

How utterly bizarre. This is the flyer for the event which shows that the questions they are trying to address include "What can we all do to remove some of the barriers (to bfing), perceived or otherwise?"

Weelll for starters, how about not making women feel like it's some kind of esoteric activity that can only happen in specially designed facilities rather than just on a comfortable chair (preferably!).

AnnoyedByAlfieBear Wed 21-Jan-15 10:46:36

You're right, it's bizarre. I'd have just done it where I was sitting tbh. I don't want to block baby change facilities and they usually smell.

RubbishRobotFromTheDawnOfTime Wed 21-Jan-15 10:48:43

Exactly, I just do it wherever I am.

Goldmandra Wed 21-Jan-15 10:57:42

This just serves to highlight what an enormous task it will be to change attitudes enough for BFing mothers to feel truly supported.

stitch10yearson Wed 21-Jan-15 11:00:00

very strange. AS someone who has breastfed a baby whilst sitting on a metal fence, I'm wondering what sort of equipment they think is required for breastfeeding?

strawberrie Wed 21-Jan-15 11:07:32

I've been in murrayfield stadium. It's got loads of seats hmm. I wonder what other high tech, specialist, hard to source "resources" they imagine they're lacking?

ChippingInLatteLover Wed 21-Jan-15 11:09:57

Do you have to check your breasts in with your coat?


The irony is priceless.

RubbishRobotFromTheDawnOfTime Wed 21-Jan-15 11:10:12

Ouch stitch!

Maybe they thought the women would need individual screens around them, like I had pressed on me in a postnatal depression clinic once? Which was rather unhelpful.

glenthebattleostrich Wed 21-Jan-15 11:15:05

Well I personally refused to feed without my own personal cheerleaders so perhaps they don't have enough available?

Or maybe they are just clueless idiots who don't realises that all you really need to breastfeed is breasts and most women bring their own

curlyclaz13 Wed 21-Jan-15 11:18:45

Stumped as to what needs to be done to 'accommodate breastfeeding' personally I found I just needed boobs and a baby.

ShoeJunkie Wed 21-Jan-15 11:21:17

Surely all you need is a boob or two? (somewhere to sit etc is a bonus but I can do it without!)

ShoeJunkie Wed 21-Jan-15 11:21:45

X posts!

Goldmandra Wed 21-Jan-15 11:26:14

Stumped as to what needs to be done to 'accommodate breastfeeding'

Maybe they don't have a special room where those sensitive souls who find BFing offensive can sit grin

TheyLearnedFromBrian Wed 21-Jan-15 11:31:12

But, but, who knew? People can't eat at Murrayfield because it's not designed to accommodate it - how strange.

Hope everyone's aware of this. Because breastfeeding isn't any different to any other kind of eating, as we all know. You don't need specialist equipment. So it's clearly some wider technical problem that we're so far unaware of.

'This venue was not designed to accommodate eating a sandwich. Could all delegates make sure that they are aware of this and make alternative plans for lunch.'

Hope that's on the flyers too.

PedantMarina Wed 21-Jan-15 11:37:56

Loving this fred.

PedantMarina Wed 21-Jan-15 11:39:19

I hasten to add, hating the reason for the fred. Unless the flyer is some elaborate (and benevolent) ironic wind-up.

TinyTear Wed 21-Jan-15 11:40:56

Er... I fed standing up at a bus stop... what is special about that?

Patilla Wed 21-Jan-15 11:41:33

I've fed DD sat on a rock in the middle of a blackberry picking walk. Bit chilly though. Would recommend indoor feeding where possible!

AnythingNotEverything Wed 21-Jan-15 11:47:22

You couldn't make this shit up.

I wondered if at first maybe the whole venue wasn't suitable for babies and this was their way of getting around it, but no, they've invited bf mums, and then told them thy aren't welcome. FFS.

bronya Wed 21-Jan-15 11:58:39

No facilities needed! I have bf walking around town, at the bus stop, on a train, on a park bench, in GP surgeries, dentist waiting rooms etc. Have a sling though so just latch on and go!

ShadowSpiral Wed 21-Jan-15 12:12:54

Were babies completely banned, or just banned from eating there?

And agree that the only facilities needed for breastfeeding are a pair of breasts and somewhere to sit. I've breastfed sat on the floor plenty of times, so even all the chairs vanishing from the venue shouldn't be an insurmountable barrier. Although chairs are definitely comfier than the floor.

RubbishRobotFromTheDawnOfTime Wed 21-Jan-15 12:14:49

Babies not banned, as they adapted the existing baby changing room for bfing.

zipzap Wed 21-Jan-15 12:22:24

Another one who wonders if they were saying it to discourage them from taking babies - wonder what they would have said if the woman had said no worries, I'll bring a bottle...

But still - it beggars belief that somebody could organise such an event and not think to enable women to breastfeed at it! Likewise - I wonder if it is a 'venue' policy or a policy made by the event organisers. It seems a very male place to hold what is likely to be an event that has significant female interest. Having said that I have no idea what sort of conference facilities Murrayfield Stadium has trying not to have visions of everybody sitting in the stadium seats whilst a large screen has been strung up between the top bit of the rugby posts and a podium underneath for the speakers or what any of the other local conference facilities are!

Chunderella Thu 22-Jan-15 08:03:01

Yeah, this sounds totally legal, I don't think. And this surely couldn't be about the venue not being suitable for babies either, because even if it wasn't, that's fine- you can have age restrictions for venues, even if that effectively renders bf there impossible because you exclude those of bf age. What you can't do is have a venue that allows babies and mothers in, but not allow them to bf there!

DoctorDonnaNoble Thu 22-Jan-15 08:06:57

Hmmm...haven't been to the conference facilities just the stadium to see my side lose to DH's side in the Calcutta cup repeatedly. I can't see the problem. It's a space. There's places to sit.

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