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Breastfeeding mother is told to leave Sports Direct

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CamelDave Thu 24-Apr-14 10:11:01

Saw this in the Nottingham Post today, can't believe the store would go to these lengths....


ReallyTired Thu 24-Apr-14 10:13:27

Its about time that England had decent Breastfeeding laws like Scotland.

neenienana Thu 24-Apr-14 10:14:36

Outrageous, disgraceful behaviour from the store.

KatoPotato Thu 24-Apr-14 10:17:15

Gads what an awful store though, I can never find a bloody member of staff, maybe I should get my baps out!

Graciescotland Thu 24-Apr-14 10:18:14

I think England does have the same laws as Scotland? Shocking behaviour from the store. Will def. add them to the boycott list.

PeterParkerSays Thu 24-Apr-14 10:18:22

Some of the comments underneath that article are so depressing. Poor woman.

kinkytoes Thu 24-Apr-14 10:18:50

There are laws in England! Sports Direct obviously aren't aware of them though.

SavoyCabbage Thu 24-Apr-14 10:20:10

I have never once seen a staff member in sports direct. I thought it was a front for an international crime organisation.

HoopyViper Thu 24-Apr-14 10:22:01

It's the "Company policy" bit and the lack of acknowledgement I find shocking.

I've not liked Sport's Direct for all the cheap labour/zero hours contracts etc, but now I'll definitely not shop there.

ChunkyPickle Thu 24-Apr-14 10:22:29

England (and Wales) DOES have decent breastfeeding laws - we have done since the 70s! In fact the article itself specifically mentions the strengthening of those (pre-existing) rights in the 2010 Equalities Act which made it easier to enforce if the child is under 6 months.

People just seem to be ignorant of them!

MmeMorrible Thu 24-Apr-14 10:23:34

Agree the store behaved badly but honestly why would you want to bf in there? Our local store is so packed with stock you can barely move, it's dusty and dirty and dingy. The 'bench' she was sitting on must have been in the (too small) shoe trying on area and I expect the shop was full of fraught parents buying back to school trainers etc.

I think I would have been pleased to have an excuse to escape the madness of the place and gone to a nearby cafe instead.

MirandaWest Thu 24-Apr-14 10:26:13

But why should she go and pay in a cafe when she was in there with her dad? She was there, the baby needed feeding so she fed him.

MmeMorrible Thu 24-Apr-14 10:31:18

Why sit on a chair when you could sit on a spike instead? Personally I'd rather be comfortable and in a calm and clean environment.

kinkytoes Thu 24-Apr-14 10:34:11

If your baby is screaming for a feed you don't often have time or inclination to find somewhere else. She should be able to feed wherever the hell she likes full stop.

curiousgeorgie Thu 24-Apr-14 10:35:04

They're obviously in the wrong but I personally wouldn't even want to sit in sports direct, let alone sit and feed.

Sleepytea Thu 24-Apr-14 10:42:35

How awful for the poor mum. Our nearest sports direct doesn't have a cafe nearby. If I'd been in this situation, I would have had to pack screaming baby into car and drive 5 minutes to the cafe. It's not really walkable due to a lack of pavement. Imagine the discomfort, not only from not being able to feed a hungry baby but also from the let-down response. Stores really need to educate their staff better.

ThePassionOfHoneydragon Thu 24-Apr-14 10:43:07

This is as usual the result of one idiot. I was getting trainers for Ds in Sports Direct, when the assistant realised I was feeding dd in her sling to keep her quiet she fetched me a chair. They've also been really helpful when I had the pushchair and the lift was broken. Ds refused to use the service lift, so they brought down what I wanted, then the security guard watched over dd in the pushchair while I legged it upstairs and paid smile

squishysquirmy Thu 24-Apr-14 10:43:42

I feel so sorry for her! The article says that she ended up trying to feed her baby outside in the rain...

ThePassionOfHoneydragon Thu 24-Apr-14 10:44:00

(It was a scary looking lift btw)

twofingerstoGideon Thu 24-Apr-14 11:57:20

What a stupid 'policy'.

I notice one twat in the comments under the article is comparing it to urinating in a shop. What a moron.

I don't shop in Sports Direct anyway, as my lodger works there and her conditions of employment (zero hours contract etc.) are really poor, so I'm already boycotting the place. Will share on Facebook though!

HighlanderMam Thu 24-Apr-14 12:00:37

Does it really matter whether you would want to or not? Seems she didn't really really want to but was there shopping and baby needed feeding. It's as simple as that really.

A response would be a good start along with an apology.

MoominsAreScary Thu 24-Apr-14 12:00:52

That place is near me, might take the 14 month old in at the weekend for a feed. Arseholes

SylvanMuldoon Thu 24-Apr-14 12:02:14

I hate Sports Direct but am highly tempted to go to my local one and BF just to make a fucking point! Outrageous! Isn't it illegal as well? Equality Act?

HighlanderMam Thu 24-Apr-14 12:07:06

It's against the law (civil law I believe) yes. In England Mothers can breastfeed a child of any age wherever they have a legal right to be as long as there are no H&S issues.

In Scotland it is criminal law, so people can be prosecuted. However in Scotland mothers are only protected feeding a child milk up to the age of two. Breast or bottle.

Housemum Thu 24-Apr-14 12:10:11

I've seen people wondering into Sports Direct with their Shakeaway/McDonalds/Wimpy drinks - I hope they are also thrown out for drinking in the store, presumably the company policy is against drinking/eating in store??!!

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