A mother was ordered not to breastfeed her baby in public because she was in a ‘multicultural building’.Oh, boy! Angry Exile’s ‘brealots’ are going to have a field day with this one…
Last night Mrs Mitchell condemned council staff, saying it was time people recognised the law which allows nursing mothers to breastfeed in public.Indeed. So, why didn’t they?
Could it be that the rules of ‘Victimhood Poker’ need to be consulted first?
The mother of two was asking about hiring a babysitter for her two boys when Aaron became hungry and started crying.And normally, you would have expected the council harridens to have cleaved to your side like a pride of lionesses, but unaccountably, the dynamic had changed…
She then asked the receptionist if she could use a corner of the room to feed him, but she refused, saying it was a ‘multicultural building’.
Mrs Mitchell, who is married to Neil, 43, a lorry driver, said: ‘She then rang the manager who told me that I couldn’t breastfeed here and to go into the shopping centre’s public toilets instead.
‘A member of the complaints department came down and spoke to the receptionist.
‘But she then told me that I had caused an uproar. I just asked to be allowed a place to feed my crying baby.’
Michelle Booth, 38, a friend who was at the civic centre, said: ‘I don’t understand. It’s political correctness gone mad when they’re worried about offending people of other cultures over something so natural.’Quite. Even the council seem to have realised they’ve misjudged this one:
Last night councillor Shoab Akhtar, of Oldham Council, said: ‘We fully support the right of mothers to breastfeed their children and actively encourage it due to the long-term health benefits it provides.Hurrah! Retraining for all! That’ll sort it out, won’t it?
‘Mrs Mitchell’s disappointing experience has highlighted the need to make all our staff fully aware of our policy and our legal requirements.
‘Staff will be trained in the coming days to ensure this never happens again, and we will be contacting Mrs Mitchell to apologise.
‘Staff should make every reasonable effort to assist a mother’s need to breastfeed, whether she requests the use of a private room or otherwise.’
Well, until the dynamic shifts again. Oh, well, omelettes and eggs, eh, Cllr Akhtar?