I find the whole thing weird, that there are "members only" parents rooms seems so bizarre?! What, are they silk lined, fully catered and someone gives you and your baby a pedicure while you feed them?? I think if that is their policy then fine but it makes them seem very money hungry, I would think nice clean (FREE) parent rooms would entice customers into the store and increase the opportunity for more sales.
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02-06-2012 00:35 #11
02-06-2012 00:40 #12
I looked on the website for the pharmacy mentioned in the article and it says that the membership costs $10, so they were not attempting to sell her a one off admin to the parents room, they were telling her the price of the membership but the headline of the story would have you believe they were trying to have her pay to walk through the door once.
I personally wouldn't pay to be a member just so I could use a parents room, but as a business with overheads, they have to cover costs and they are free to charge to offer a premium service to ensure their membership has some value.
I do agree though that this story is a sad indictment of the way breastfeeding mothers are perceived and perceive judgement from those around them.
02-06-2012 01:31 #13-
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Ill bet they are reviewing their club now, as I imagine the loss of business from the bad publicity cant be good.
And Id never pay to join a club to use a parents room, Myer and DJs usually have nice ones
02-06-2012 01:59 #14
I dunno wouldn't it kinda be like some cafe's and places like that you can only use the bathroom if you are a customer, same thing I guess
02-06-2012 04:17 #15
02-06-2012 07:07 #16
It wasn't paying to bf in public, it was paying to use a private room clearly labelled member's only. Talk about media beat up .
02-06-2012 07:45 #17
02-06-2012 07:46 #18
02-06-2012 07:51 #19
Media beat up.
According to the article the room was clearly signed as members only and she was asked if she would like to join as a member.
In regard to feeding in public, the baby was only 4 weeks old, the poor Mummy was probably still very new to bf'ing and if anything like me, was very much still on her breastfeeding L plates. She may have needed to expose an entire boob, use of a pillow and 2 hands to bf and it may have taken a good hour to feed the baby. She also may have still been experiencing attachment pain as well as mastering attachment. If she doesn't feel comfortable feeding in public then she doesn't feel comfortable. Personally I would prefer a quiet feeding room rather than a cafe any day.
I do feel sorry for her, it's awful to hear your baby crying and there's nothing you can do about it in the immediate. I think we've all been there at some point.
02-06-2012 08:31 #20Senior Member
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THe title of this thread is wrong. She was not asked to pay $10 to breastfeed in public. The pharmacist had a parenting room which I'm assuming they paid for out of their pocket for the use by their members. To be honest I think it's fair enough. It's no different to Hoyts refusing non-movie going people using their toilets. They offered her other options so I don't see the problem.. she's the one who didn't want to breastfeed in public (fair enough) she was never charged to breastfeed in public.
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