Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Excessively strict

Most people are familiar with signs prohibiting food and drink from certain areas. Generally, there's a good reason as to why, and the people using those resources either obey the rules, or try to sneak their food and drink in without getting caught. And yes, they usually fail.

But who would have suspected that breastfeeding would fall under the same restrictions?

It did for a woman at a Nottingham leisure center. Apparently, she was horribly in the wrong by feeding her baby, and was scolded by staff for violating the policy. And no, it's not because she had an exposed (or semi-exposed) breast. It was simply because she was feeding her child.

Listen, we understand that rules exist for a reason. We get that people tend to need those rules in order to be protected from their own foolish behavior. But there are times when it gets a little out of hand, and chastising a mother for breastfeeding her infant is a prime example of people not being flexible when the situation calls for it. Thankfully, the location is now looking to revise its rules, but this incident should never have occurred.

After all, it's not like the kid was getting mai tais or anything similar. Because you really don't want to see a tipsy 11-week-old on a rampage.

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