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No drinking, please April 9, 2009

Posted by The Mom in Uncategorized.

We are visiting my parents for the weekend. When we visit we go swimming. Because J can be in pool for a shorter time than D, I bring a towel for J & a dressing gown for me. When J has had his swim I get out, put on the dressing gown, get him out (he stays with my mother or sister in the interim), wrap him in his towel & nurse him on the bank (about 8′ from the edge of the kids pool) while I watch D & his cousin swimming.

Today the pool was quite cold so we didn’t last long. Not long after J started having a drink, in the most discrete way possible, the life guard looked down at me (from on high) and the following conversation ensued:

LifeGuard: You are going to have to go into the changing room to do that.
Me: Excuse me?
LG: You are going to have to go into the changing room to do that, there are children around (waving toward the kids in the pool that wouldn’t notice me if I had a sign over my head)
Me: No I don’t
LG: I know you are feeding the baby but you are going to have to go into the changing room to do it.
Me: You can’t make me go anywhere
LG: You are going to have to go into the changing room to do that (slightly more forcefully this time), there are children around
Me: My son is in the pool & I am not leaving him
LG: Is there someone in there with him?
Me: My mother is but I am with him too & I am not leaving him.
LG: Listen, my boss will be on to me & I’ll get in trouble. You have to go into the changing room because there are children around.
Me: Go ahead & call your manager. You can’t make me go anywhere.

At this point I will add that while I am overwhelmingly pro breastfeeding I am not militant. I was more covered than the swimmers & did not want a fight.

He climbed down & walked to the other end of the pool where he was met by a woman who I presume was his manager. They chatted for a while & he went & sat on another bank of the pool. No one else came near me & when J was finished he sat up, sucked his fingers & we watched his brother swimming until J decided to poop on my lap, at which point we hastened our exit.

I have to say that I have now heard it all… I shouldn’t breastfeed my infant because there are children around 🙄



1. Poppy - April 9, 2009

I’m sorry that happened to you L. Ignorant fecker.

2. liljimmi - April 9, 2009

Go Laura! Good for you. What an ignorant jerk!

3. Amanda - April 10, 2009

Silly little man messing with a woman trying to feed her child!!

4. Ruth - April 10, 2009

At least the manager had the sense to leave you be.

Hope you have a great Easter 🙂

Oh & how is D finding the change in bedrooms?

5. Adrienne - April 14, 2009

Now I’ve heard it all! That’s the best ever….. best not horrify the children (children who wouldn’t spend their swimming time by looking at a mother feeding anyway!) and who will probably see a heck of a lot more once they’re in the changing rooms anyway.

I’m gobsmacked that this even happened. Thankfully never once was I asked to stop feeding out in public – I’ve even fed a newborn, while pushing a shopping trolley (with a toddler in it) around the supermarket. Needs must and all that.

Hope D enjoyed his swim!

6. Missie - April 16, 2009

I hope the manager said to him…”don’t be so stupid, she’s feeding her baby!”

7. Ruth - May 19, 2009

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