A cafe has apologised following an outcry over a sign saying that mothers should use a disabled toilet to breastfeed.
Tillings Cafe in Gomshall, Surrey, placed a sign in their window which said that "we reserve the right to ask GROUPS of breastfeeding mothers to use [facilities in the disabled toilet] instead of feeding at the table."
The establishment was bombarded with complaints on social media over the "disgusting" sign, which campaigners said breaches anti-discrimination laws.
Dozens of people posted negative, 'one-star' reviews on the cafe's Facebook page, while mothers and parenting groups, including the National Childbirth Trust and the Association of British Mothers, took to Twitter to express their outrage.
Radio presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer, of LBC, was among those to criticise the cafe, tweeting: "Hey, cafe owners, here's some guidance on the legal protection for breastfeeding under 2010 Equality Act."
Mum-of-three Eli Murton added: "Tillings Cafe in #Gomshall has this disgusting sign up in their cafe it's illegal and damaging."
The cafe has apologised for what it called "a huge mis-communication" in a statement sent to Dorking NCT.
In the statement, Jane Radford, Tillings' owner, added: "Being human we can make mistakes and if we have offended anyone in trying to establish an option for more private feeding facilities we can only apologise and ask for your help in telling us what we might do to help to support the breast-feeding cause."
The cafe had never asked anyone to stop breastfeeding, Mrs Radford added. In separate comments, to the Get Surrey website, she said that the wording of the sign would be "looked at to express that in a better way".
But the apology came too late for some mothers, who said the cafe's original intention was to force groups of breast-feeding mothers into the toilet.
Sam Henderson wrote on Facebook: "Shocking. Their initial statement on the door was a clear indication of their intentions. Too late for backtracking I feel. In the minds of all parents they clearly tried to discriminate and restrict freedom of choice."
According to the government's Gov.uk website, the 2010 Equalities Act "specifically clarified that it is unlawful for a business to discriminate against a woman because she is breastfeeding a child".