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Mum Humiliated After Being Ordered To Stop Breastfeeding Her 17-Month-Old In Wetherspoons

A mum-of-one was humiliated after she was ordered to cover up while breastfeeding her 17-month-old son in a Wetherspoons.

Rebecca Bolger, 30, was confronted by the floor manager of The Square Peg in Birmingham as she fed her son Sebastian at lunchtime.

She had sat down and her sister Danielle Harris, 22, went to get them some soft drinks before the floor manager came over.

The full-time mum said she was shocked and angry when she was asked to cover up and that her son would start screaming if she did.

When she got home her husband James Bolger, 31, was furious and sent an email to the CEO and complaints team at Wetherspoons.

Rebecca, of Chelmsey Wood, Birmingham, said she all wants is an apology and for the staff to be properly trained.

She said: “I started to feed my son and then the team leader came over all of a sudden and asked me to cover up.

“I couldn’t understand it, I was confused and angry.

“I said to her that I have never been asked to do that before and I don’t know why I’m being asked it now.

“No one else seemed to have a problem with it, no one was even looking.

“I told her if did try to cover my son’s head, he would make more of a fuss and he’d end up screaming.

“It seemed as though she waited until my sister left the table before she came over to tell me to cover up.”

Rebecca did not want to create a scene and did not raise a complaint at the time. But when she returned home her husband went straight to the top.

“Later that day my husband made a complaint to the complaints office and the CEO,” she said.

“He included some breastfeeding group in the email to raise awareness about this.

“I got a response from them and they said they would be calling to speak to me.

“All I really want is an apology for the embarrassment I was put through.

“I would also like the staff to be properly trained to know what to do and not do when someone is breastfeeding.

“I’ve feed in other places and no one has ever reacted before.

“I’ve tired to use a muslin cloth before but it makes my son upset.

“I don’t know if my son’s age might have been the issue, it could’ve been but I’m not sure.

“I’ve had a lot of support from breastfeeding group about what happened to me.

“A lot of people were shocked and were saying that the floor manager had no right to do what she did.

“Someone people even said maybe we should protest and all breastfeed outside the building.

“I’ve breastfeed at other Wetherspoons before and even then no one came up to me and told me to stop or cover up.

“You’d thing with her being a team leader, she’d lead by example.”

A spokesperson for JD Wetherspoons said the member of staff had made an “error of judgement” during the incident last Thursday (2/5).

“It is Wetherspoon’s clear policy that breastfeeding mothers are welcome at all of our pubs.

“On this occasion a member of staff had made an error of judgement.

“We will be reinforcing the message to all of our staff, that all mothers are welcome to breastfeed in our pubs.”

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