En ammende mor ble bedt om å forlate et offentlig bygg av ansatte som påpekte at hun befant seg i en «multikulturell bygning» og at amming ville opprøre muslimske brukere. Emma Mitchell, som var i byrådets offentlige lokaler da hennes 19 uker gamle sønn begynte å gråte etter mat, fikk beskjed om å amme sønnen på toalettet.
– Du ville ikke spist middagen din på toalettet, så hvorfor skal min sønn, spør Mitchell, som forteller at de ansattes oppførsel fikk henne til å føle seg ydmyket, intimidert og skyldig:
When she was told to use the toilets of a nearby shopping centre she argued with a manager before being offered an empty room under supervision.
Ms Mitchell, a carer who is currently on maternity leave, said: ‘It was just awful. I felt humiliated, intimidated and guilty through the whole thing.
‘We all live in Oldham and we all use this building, and I was doing what was one of the most natural things a mum can do.
‘If someone from another culture started praying in the waiting room, I wouldn’t say, «Excuse me, you’re offending me» I would respect it because it’s their culture.
‘So I shouldn’t be made to feel what I wanted to do was wrong just because it’s not in their culture.
Ifølge en ansatt tillater man ikke lenger amming fordi det har ført til så mange klager.
With young Aaron still crying a member of the complaints department was also called and she told her to wait while she spoke to the receptionist.
Eventually the woman from the complaints team took her to a small room and stood waiting with her, but Ms Mitchell said she could not carry on and had to finish feeding him in her car.
She added: ‘It’s political correctness gone mad when they’re worried about offending people of other cultures over something so natural.’
Byrådsmedlem for Labour, Shoab Ahtar, sier at byrådet støtter mødres rett til å amme sine barn – så lenge de holder seg ute av syne:
But he added: ‘Unfortunately there are no breast-feeding facilities available at Access Oldham based at the Civic Centre nor are there any public toilets or baby changing facilities.
‘There is no requirement to provide such facilities at Access Oldham and we are committed to make the best use of the limited space that is available to provide facilities and meeting rooms where we can deal with issues that affect local residents quickly and effectively.
‘Not every building is suitable for breast-feeding and that is the case with the very busy, open-plan layout of Access Oldham.’