Another day, another breastfeeding controversy. As more and more women attempt to normalize nursing in public, more stories have arisen of women getting kicked out of places for doing just that. The latest instance was a woman who was asked to leave a pool in Manchester, England, for nursing her 17-month-old daughter, Harmonie (side note: we just love this baby name). Here’s the kicker — she was actually in the pool while doing it.
The 22-year-old woman, whose name is Stephanie Wilby, had just begun to nurse when a lifeguard immediately came over and told her to stop. When asked why she had to stop, Mrs. Wilby was told it was not hygienic. When she pressed them for more information, she was reportedly told that nursing in a public pool was tantamount to urinating in the water, which they called “indecent exposure.”
The woman, who is on maternity leave from her job at British Gas, said, “I should be allowed to breastfeed where I want.” She went on to note, “As long as I do so tactfully and I am in within the law then I should not be harassed by people telling me to stop. I was humiliated and it was very distressing.”
As the article points out, The Equality Act of 2010 made it illegal for anyone to ask a woman who is breastfeeding in public to leave a public place, although it is not against the law if there are “legitimate health and safety risks.”