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Mum Forced To Cover Breastfeeding Baby With A Napkin At Claridge’s

A mother has criticised London's Claridge’s Hotel on Twitter, after she was forced to cover her breastfeeding baby with a napkin

Lou Burns, 35, shared her anger at having to cover her 12-week-old baby with a ‘ridiculous shroud’ whilst at afternoon tea at London’s Claridge’s Hotel, so as to not cause offence to other guests.

The mother-of-three from Streatham has since claimed she will ‘never go back’ after the ‘mortifying’ experience.


Speaking to London’s Evening Standard, Lou said, ‘I have three children and this is the first time I have been able to breastfeed properly. Women are under so much pressure to breastfeed and it is not always easy. I did not expect to be made to feel I have done something wrong.

‘My first reaction was to walk out, but my mum had organised it especially and it had been planned for three months. But I was appalled and told the staff I really did not feel I would ever be able to go back there.’


Claridge’s Hotel has responded to the criticism and personally communicated with Lou on Twitter, writing, ‘We didn't intend to upset you & we regret that you left the hotel feeling disappointed.

‘We do embrace breastfeeding & we are looking into better ways of communicating this moving forward.’

Have you ever had a similar experience? Let us know below.

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