Heather Vaughan

A mother was reduced to tears after being told to stop breastfeeding her baby daughter in a creche and instead to continue in a toilet. 

Heather Vaughan, 29, was feeding nine-week-old Lydia during a family trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth when ?aggressive? staff ordered her to stop.

A male worker told the mother-of-two: ?We don?t do that here,? and said she must move to the baby-changing toilet instead.

Mrs Vaughan said she felt victimised during the trip with husband Daniel Vaughan, son Josh and baby Lydia to the National Museum of the Royal Navy in the dockyard.

Mrs Vaughan, from Whiteley, Hampshire, said: ?The four of us were in the museum and I took my daughter to the creche area to breastfeed her.

?While I was doing that, a male staff member came up to me, pointed his finger and said ?We don?t do that here?.

?I stopped and asked him what he said because I thought I had misheard him, but he repeated it again and said it really aggressively.

?I told him I was feeding my child but he told me I would have to do it in the baby toilet.?

Another mother in the creche told the man to leave Mrs Vaughan alone and he left, but the embarrassed mother felt targeted and left in tears.

Mrs Vaughan said: ?I felt victimised. He spoke to me aggressively and I was so embarrassed.
?I left the museum feeling humiliated by what happened.?

Bosses at the museum apologised for the mistake after a member of staff ?became confused?.

The museum?s Director General Dominic Tweddle said: ?We?re very sorry to Mrs Vaughan for this mistake and error in judgment from one of our team.

?Our member of staff became confused and is deeply and sincerely sorry for his comments and reactions.

?This incident is not representative of him or our organisations and we all regret the distress caused.

?The museum and dockyard take this issue very seriously.

?We are committed to putting in place improved procedures and staff training to ensure an incident such as this will never happen in the future.?

Campaigners for breastfeeding said blunders like this could stop women from going out, or make them stop nursing all together.

Lactation expert Lynn Timms runs Breastfeeding Matters, which offers support to breastfeeding mums, said people need to be more accepting.

She said: ?We all know mums need to go out and about and they should feel comfortable feeding their baby.

?Incidents such as this might cause mums to stop breastfeeding or they might avoid going out.

?It needs to be seen as a natural thing.?



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