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Woman Asked To Breastfeed 'Somewhere More Discreet' By Lifeguard At Swimming Pool

Woman Asked To Breastfeed 'Somewhere More Discreet' By Lifeguard At Swimming Pool

When it comes to breastfeeding in public, it seems like everyone has their own opinion on what's right and what's wrong.

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But a mama-of-two has taken to MumsNet to fume at a local lifeguard, after she was asked to 'move somewhere more discreet', while she was nursing her newborn at a local swimming pool.

Sharing her story on the parenting site, the woman wrote: "Today I went to a local swimming centre. My [dear husband] and [dear son] were swimming and I was watching them from a bench. Newborn was in the carseat and not swimming but just 'watching'."

The woman went on to add that she was wearing a swimming costume, and when her baby boy started crying, she took him out the car seat, covered both of them up with a towel, and began breastfeeding her son.

Credit: Pexels
Credit: Pexels

But a lifeguard then approached the woman, and 'asked her to move somewhere else'.

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The MumsNet user added: "I was not breastfeeding in the water I would think this perhaps would be inappropriate! But I was simply feeding on a bench next to the poolside.

"Perhaps the fact I was in a swim suit made breastfeeding in public offensive?"

Credit: MumsNet
Credit: MumsNet

The woman says she pointed out that she was fully covered up, but the lifeguard went to go get his manager.

She added: "He went to talk with a man who looked like a manager/superviser who sort of waved his arm and appeared to dismiss the situation."


Plenty of other parents sympathised with the mum, urging her to make an official complaint to the local leisure centre.

Credit: Pixabay
Credit: Pixabay

"[You are not being unreasonable]. The lifeguard was incredibly immature and intrusive. I would write to the leisure centre, not to get anyone into trouble but to highlight this as a staff training issue," slammed one person.

While another hit out: "I can't believe this still happens? At a swimming pool there is enough boobage on show in swimsuits and bikinis (and moobs) that an extra centimeter or two can barely be recognised.

"Glad that you were able to ignore the lifeguard and it seems he was thankfully overruled."

Continuing with their rant, they added: "It's sick that it's ok to have silicon breasts on show in teeny bikinis but don't dare use breasts for their original purpose - no, theory are purely decorational and preferably pleasing to men.

"I am sick to bloody death of women being given any kind of sh*t at all for breastfeeding," added another angry person.

Not everyone was so sympathetic though, with one declaring: "Omg it was dealt with. Move on!"

"There isn't an issue. If they insisted that you move I would have your back but this is a minor misunderstanding that was corrected. You are making a mountain out of a molehill," fired back somebody else.

Featured Image Credit: Pixabay/Pexels

Topics: Topical, Breastfeeding, Mumsnet, Real, Parenting

Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews is an NCTJ trained Journalist at PRETTY52. She specialises in Fashion and Beauty Journalism, and has experience at a range of online and print publications and joined the team in 2017. Contact her - rachel.andrews@pretty52.com

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