Same, Bec. I don't think it's sad. I'm perfectly happy to BF in public, I've fed DS in many public places, and once in a meeting at work. But if I'm out I'd much prefer to feed in a parent's room. They're quiet, have little stimulation, you can spread out and you're nice and close to a change table.
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I would have said stick your ten dollars and just whipped it out to feed. Who cares where you are if your child is hungry you just feed them.
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This is a great media beat up. I am a member at the pharmacy and the baby club mentioned in the article. You pay $10 per annum to be a member of the pharmacy which gets you 20% discount off all your purchases in the store and cafe. If you have children under the age of 3 then you can also be a member of the baby club at no extra cost which gets you access to a very small room which has a toilet, one private feeding cubicle and 3 other chairs within the room, plus a little toy area for bigger kids. There is a change table and microwave to prepare food. If there are more than 2 adults and 2 prams in the baby room then it is squishy. The article made it out to be a luxurious club where you have to pay $10 per visit. I must say the woman who runs the baby club is incredibly rude and condescending and I would guess that she inflamed the situation with her attitude. I have been reprimanded by her on a couple of occasions, one time because I followed another Mum in without swiping my own card, and another time because I left the door open (because another Mum with a pram was about to follow me out). Unfortunately the Mall where the pharmacy is located doesn't have public toilets or baby change facilities. There is however a bakery very close by that has baby change facilities and while it doesn't have a private feeding are it does have a small room with only a few tables and also booths. I guess given the woman in question wasn't local then she wouldn't know that. While I am all for breastfeeding in public and have done it on many many many occasions, in this instance the media has omitted a fair bit of background information.
While it would be good if more parenting rooms were available, the store only allows their members to use it for whatever reasons they like (even if you don't think they are good ones) which is their right, and having a baby doesn't give us access to whatever facilities we want.
A media beat up yes.
But she had the arrogance to go to her local paper/ write in to the media about it. Bet she is sorry now she isn't getting much sympathy (after looking at most of the comments on the article online)
It was a private room/ club in a private business. She had no right to go in there without paying the fee. It seems they were very reasonable offering her a seat to feed but she chose to refuse it, walk the 4 blocks to the myer centre and then write into the paper about it.
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