Mom told she could not breastfeed at YMCA pool

Posted at 1:39 PM, Sep 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-13 13:40:24-04

“In France, it’s not okay to walk down the street and eat. I can understand something like this going on in France. I can’t understand something like this happening in America.”

An Illinois mom, Nicole, says she was told she couldn’t breastfeed in a public place. That’s according to a report from WQAD in Moline, Illinois.

On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, Nicole says she and her family were participating in the “family swim” at the Two Rivers YMCA in Moline when she got out of the pool to breastfeed her 7-1/2-month-old daughter. Shortly after finishing, she says a male lifeguard approached her.

“He said, ‘You can’t do that here, but if you want to feed her you can go into the restroom over here and I will watch your kids for you,’ and I thought, ‘I’m not going to take her into the bathroom and feed her, because I don’t even eat in the bathroom.’”

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