I just read the following on Facebook. I don't know this person - it is a status which has been shared into a group I'm part of. I've removed the name of the individual, the winery and the event.
What do you think about this? Personally I think that given it's a winery, not a shopping centre or kids play centre, you generally wouldn't expect to have to accommodate a breastfeeding mother. If she had her baby there, grab her a chair to sit on to feed the baby but I don't think any business has an obligation to allow a breastfeeding mother into their "staff only" areas. Particularly to pump - she's pumping and dumping, not feeding her hungry baby. There was one person commenting on the status with similar views to me and everyone else was outraged screaming discrimination. She wasn't told that she couldn't pump but was told that they had nowhere private for her to go. If people aren't comfortable breastfeeding or pumping at a public event where there are not appropriate facilities, then perhaps they should consider waiting until they're no longer breastfeeding to attend. In my opinion, we make sacrifices as mothers and I think this is an occasion when she would have had to.
I breastfed my daughter for 6 months and plan to breastfeed my next child/ren so please don't read this as an anti-breastfeeding post. I'm simply wondering how far people really expect businesses to go for them just because they're a mother.
"I am utterly shocked and appalled at the treatment I received at your winery yesterday during the [EVENT NAME] event. I have a 4 month old son at home, and in order for me to attend I had to bring a breastpump along and pump milk throughout the day, as my baby was not with me.
My friend asked the cellar door worker if we could use a private room for me to pump breastmilk in. She asked her manager on the floor, then returned to tell me the most private place they had for me was over there in a corner, and she pointed to a crowded extension of the winery with about 20 people sitting at tables and chairs..
I told her I needed to empty my milk somewhere, so would like somewhere more private. She then told me she would empty it for me and pointed to the sink on the cellar door counter and laughed. Appalled we turned away, and heard her joke with a male customer 'too much information'.
I was not offered a closed door at all, as they were all labeled 'staff only'. I wasn't even allowed to use the main toilets sectioned off as they were 'closed', And to add to the ordeal I was made fun of and laughed at.
We then had to walk the grounds, to find a quiet place away from people. Our only option was behind a wet rainwater tank in the cold, next to some rusty metal frames. Sitting their drinking our wine that was purchased from your winery, as busses were driving around a few meters ahead.
I felt extremely discriminated against, and uncatered for in a very simple situation, that could have been handled with heart and consideration.
I am naming and shaming your winery publicly because it is completely unacceptable to be treated this way. It is a sad reality that breastfeeding women are descriminated against, and unfortunately your business added to this. It was handled by management also, who represented [WINERY NAME]. I hope in the future you can accommodate women in my position so they feel comfortable and cared for by you, and not discriminated against."