Mum says she was told to use a changing room to breastfeed her son or leave the high street clothing shop
High street clothing chain, Primark has said sorry to a mum who was told to use a changing room to breastfeed her son.
Mum-of-four Aimee Edwards, 24 from Bridgend said she was issued with an ultimatum in the Swansea branch of Primark, after a shop worker approached her while breastfeeding her four-week-old son, George.
“A woman shop assistant said if I wanted to breastfeed I had to go in the changing rooms or leave the store," said Aimme. "She said it was offending other customers, but there were hardly any other shoppers near me.”
A spokesperson for Primark said the supervisor in store had meant to help Aimee be more comfortable while she was feeding rather than cause offence.
“A supervisor in Primark Swansea approached a customer who was breastfeeding in the store and offered her the use of a fitting room cubicle which she felt would be more comfortable and would afford some privacy,” said the spokesperson.
“Unfortunately she inadvertently caused offence to the customer. Primark customers are welcome to breastfeed whilst shopping in our stores should they wish to do so.”
Would you have used the changing room to breastfeed? Share your thoughts below…
I have used the changing room in Primark to breastfeed my baby before. Mainly baby's 3 and 4, that I can remember. I remember letting my older children try on clothes while I fed the baby. Pram sat through the doorway, curtain was open, and people walked past, and I fed my baby. I didn't mind if anyone seen me, would they have rather listened to a baby crying?
Personally, I would rather use the changing room than stand out in the shop, as our local Primark have no where to sit, and I need to sit to feed my baby.
I don't understand why the woman had to sit on the floor in Primark to feed her baby anyway - I couldn't think of a worse place. I breastfed my daughter and I'm planning to breastfeed my baby due in 4 weeks. I would not just sit down in any shop and start feeding, I would go somewhere where it was more suitable.
Fortunately where I live, I fed my daughter in cafes, and mother and baby rooms and had no complaints. But I would not just sit anywhere and do it. I think this gives a bad impression of breastfeeding mothers. I also don't think that you would bottle feed or feed baby food to a baby in the middle of a store so I can understand shops getting upset about it.
If you were planning to feed your baby whilst out, you should maybe think about where it is appropriate and suitable to do it. I know I and my friends always considered this.
Just a quick note to say thanks for ur support and the truth is I was not told to go to a change room for ' comfort', the lady did say ' take it to the changing rooms or take it outside'!
There are alot of people who think i was being obvious in the way that i was feeding George but I can assure you that i was being discrete and unlike the Sun have said, I certainly was not sat on the floor!! They've appologised but won't actually rewrite it unfortunately.
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