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Mum Called A ‘Slut’ For Breastfeeding in Coffee Shop

A new mum was called a ‘slut’ for breastfeeding her baby in a Costa Coffee shop in South London

While we all know breastfeeding in public is something breastfeeding mums have to do, there’s always that worry at the back of your mind that you’re going to come across somebody who doesn’t agree.

Twenty-seven year old Rhea Holley experienced every nursing mum’s nightmare when she was called a ‘slut’ for breastfeeding in a Costa Coffee shop.

Rhea was breastfeeding her 11-month-old son Arthur in a South London Costa when a couple in their sixties made the comments, leaving her in tears.

Rhea Holley experienced every nursing mum’s nightmare when she was called a ‘slut’ for breastfeeding in a Costa Coffee shop

'While we sat there Arthur woke up and he was quite upset and so I started to breastfeed him,’ she says.
 
'A couple were on a table that was facing in such a way that they did not have to look at me.

'I heard one of them say "it is disgusting", that I know what time babies should be fed and should stay at home then, and that I was a "slut".'

Members of staff defended Rhea, explaining to the couple that breastfeeding is allowed in public and asking them to stop the verbal abuse.

One of the Costa workers reminded the couple that under The Equality Act 2010, no one is allowed to tell a woman to leave a public place for breastfeeding.

‘It was so good of them - not only to stand by the law on breast-feeding but also to be so supportive of someone feeling so upset,' says Rhea.

Rhea posted on her blog, drunkonboob, about how the experience affected her.

She wrote: ‘Nobody has ever called me a slut. Not for this! Being spoken to and spoken about in public like that is probably the most humiliating thing that's ever happened to me.'
 
'I am broken because this has ruined breastfeeding for me. Is it still beautiful and empowering and brilliant and awesome? I hope so,' she added.

A Costa spokesperson says: ‘Mothers bring in children of all ages to Costa and they are always warmly welcomed by us.

'We have always been very happy for mothers to breast-feed in our stores offering a family-friendly environment that is the perfect place for mums to relax with their children.'

Have you ever had a bad experience when breastfeeding in public? Do you have any tips for dealing with negative comments? Let us know in the comments box below.

 
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