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Manchester Aquatics Centre: Review your policies and staff training on breastfeeding

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On Sunday a woman was told by a lifeguard at the Aquatics Centre that she had to stop breastfeeding her four-month-old baby because what she was doing was unhygienic, indecent exposure and unacceptable behaviour. Steph Wilby was told to go into the changing rooms or toilet if she wanted to breastfeed. She explained that according to the law she was allowed to breastfeed but was told this wasn't the case. She was made to feel 'like some kind of sex pest with her nipples on show' (although she was feeding discreetly). At one point her breastfeeding was likened to someone ‘pissing in a pool’ along with the analogy that ‘you can’t have a sandwich in the pool so you can’t breastfeed’. She felt humiliated and left the pool, missing her older child swimming for the first time. The Equalities Act protects women's right to breastfeed in public without suffering discrimination, so the staff have behaved illegally.

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