Mothers stage mass-breast-feeding protest at Sports Direct in Nottingham after Wioletta Komar 'was told to leave'
The 25-year-old mother claims she had to continue breast-feeding her child in the rain after staff dismissed her
Dozens of mothers breast-fed their children at a branch of Sports Direct in Nottingham on Tuesday, to protest against the treatment of a 25-year-old woman who claims she was kicked out of the store for feeding her child earlier in the year.
Around 70 women gathered at the Clumber Street store on Tuesday afternoon, after staff members allegedly told Wioletta Komar that she could not breast feed her baby because it was “against company policy”.
She was then made to leave the store and continue feeding her child in the rain while she waited for her husband, according to the Nottingham Post.
Mrs Komar claims she has complained to the store five times since the incident, but has received no response, although it is believed the firm has now issued her with an apology.
Breatfeeding in public is protected by the Equality Act 2010, which states that businesses must not discriminate against a woman who is breastfeeding.
(left to right) New mothers Catherine Didit and Laura Armitage breastfeed their babies in Sports Direct (Joe Giddens/PA Wire)
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Organiser Leah Gibson said: "We're here today to stand up for breastfeeding women and their right to feed their children in public without being asked to leave places
"The turn-out has been fantastic, probably more than I expected. It's been really peaceful and calm, which is exactly what we wanted.
“We just wanted to show everyone that we can feed in peace, without showing everyone our boobs.”
“It's shocking that we've still got this sexual 'thing' about boobs,” Ms Gibson added.
“Breasts were made to feed a child and to nourish. Only 1% of the population can't physically feed their child this way so when you look at it like that, it shows you what they are for.
"Some mothers say 'oh I don't want to feed my baby because my boobs are for my partner'. No, they aren't - they're for your child."
The group spent around 15 minutes in the shop and organisers confirmed there were no issues with Sports Direct staff on this occasion.
Patti Rundall, policy director for Baby Milk Action told the newspaper: "All mothers have a legally-protected right to breastfeed in public.
“It is important, it's their right and we will do what we can to support them.”
Sports Direct has declined to comment on the allegations.
Additional reporting by PA
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