Monday 24 October 2016

Mother 'shamed' for breastfeeding in store pens amazing response

Mark Molloy

Published 16/08/2016 | 15:50

A mother was told to stop breastfeeding at a Dillard’s store CREDIT: FACEBOOK / WITTNEY HOPE
A mother was told to stop breastfeeding at a Dillard’s store CREDIT: FACEBOOK / WITTNEY HOPE

A shopper told to stop breastfeeding in a US clothes store despite being surrounded by photos of breasts has hit back at the company on Facebook.

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Wittney Hope was shopping at a Dillard’s store in Chattanooga, Tennessee, when her daughter “got really fussy”.

The mother explained that she “searched for a quiet secluded area to nurse my child” and asked a store employee if the spot was OK.

“The employee at customer service nodded,” she wrote, adding that she 'discreetly' pulled her shirt down when she began breastfeeding.

She added: “The same lady then told me I could not 'do that' here. She told me I would need to go to the restroom.

“I was completely shocked as I have never had anyone comment on me breastfeeding in the whole 18 months I have been nursing … I repeated her to make sure I understood. Annoyed, she began to tell me the directions to the restroom again.”

She went on: “As we were leaving the store I passed by this advertisement for bras. I mean seriously the lady's face is not even in this. Why is it acceptable for a giant picture of BOOBS to be on the wall but I cannot feed my child?”

Ms Hope said she posed for the photo at the spot to “prove the irony” and made a complaint about the incident online, adding she would not be shopping at the store again.

A spokesperson for the store replied under the post: “Dillard’s strives to create a pleasing and comfortable shopping experience for all our guests at all times.

“Accordingly, we respect the right of mothers to nurse their children wherever they feel comfortable in doing so. Upon becoming aware of this situation, our store manager immediately reached out to our customer and apologised. Our associates have been reminded of our breastfeeding policy.”

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