As far as I'm aware she stopped 'while' she fed, then by the time she finished feeding went onto the next client, and the salon offered someone else to finish it. They never told her to get out, stop feeding etc. obviously if she didn't start feeding the hairdresser wouldn't have wasted time if she waited yes her day would have been pushed back, every client thereafter would have late appointments and the hairdresser would then finish late. Why do you think that's appropriate for everyone to be inconvenienced like that??
I accept miscommunication, she would have had to say something because she moved to pick up her baby, when I bfed I would tell people 'I'm just going to bfeed if that's ok' and it gives the other person the opportunity to respond, the hairdresser then could have said I can't cut your hair for health and safety reasons.
Or I have busy day and can't wait for you. They let her feed and finish feeding, then offered her someone else to cut her hair which is more than fair. The mother refused and made a hoopla about it, she was wrong to expect everyone to wait for her.
Nb- I know she didn't let the baby scream- that was my point- she fed rather than disrupt the whole salon with a screaming, hungry baby.
Everything Atropos is saying....
Its not about them stopping the haircut. Of course if they honestly felt it was dangerous they would be expected, even obligated, to stop cutting. (Although I really don't think it's safety if the manager admits to cutting women's hair while bf before). But they should've given her an explanation. Just say 'I'm sorry I can't keep cutting your hair while you hold the baby, its against OH&S. if you can finish feeding quickly I should be able to finish your haircut, otherwise I'll have to get so-and-so to do it because I have other clients waiting." It's common courtesy that's missing here. And THAT'S why I think it was more to do with the hairdresser feeling uncomfortable, and therefore didnt know how to explain it so just walked off.she would've had to stop while the mum picked up the baby, so she knew what was happening. Unless mum was already holding him/her, in which case surely the same 'safety issues' already applied?
And that's where the error in miscommunication comes into play and I accept that. But the hairdresser does have a right to stop service if there is a health and safety concern, the law is open to interpretation and it depends on each individual circumstance. In this circumstance she has scissors in her hands and fine hair falling everywhere around the baby!!!??? I'm sorry, but your need to feed a baby doesn't mean someone puts their job and workplace at risk, no law will accept that. I have a hard time finding a hairdresser who's willing to cut my kids hair, and I end up doing it myself; because of the risk they face cutting them, and possible lawsuit by me. They have the right to refuse when it concerns health and safety, I accept that. I don't feel the world revolves around my kids and everyone must accommodate them. And no, the salon, clients and hairdresser shouldn't have to wait either and push all their appointments back, you have to be considerate as a feeding mother awell, if you have a hairdresser that has no issue with you feeding while cutting your hair great, if not I think its more than acceptable to respect that. Again, they didn't kick her out, they didn't stop her feeding, they didn't refuse service because they offered someone else to finish it, just not while she was feeding. Getting a junior to finish your haircut is better than walking out with a half finished haircut and contacting the media over it for attention. It's just hair and she needed to get over it, it wasn't a genuine discrimination case against a baby feeding in public and it puts a bad stain on what mums are working towards to have people accept their rights to feed in public. This is why people call mums inconsiderate, things like this
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