Mum Thrown Off Bus For Breastfeeding Her Baby

26/02/2010 08:56 | Updated 22 May 2015

A mum has been chucked off a bus by the driver for breastfeeding her six-week-old baby, it has been reported.

Amy Wootten, 25, was on her way home in Bristol when she says the driver stopped the bus and told her to stop breastfeeding her daughter Emily.

She objected - as, I imagine, Emily would have done - and he apparently threatened to call the police and accused her of indecent exposure.

She had to get out of the bus in the rain and find a taxi to take her home.

Miss Wootten told the Daily Mail: "The driver told me someone had said I was indecently exposing myself.

"It was like he was suggesting I was doing horrendous things. But I was being quite discreet about it."

"I couldn't believe it. I explained that I was only feeding my baby and not exposing myself and he told me to stop or he would call the police."

She said she felt completely humiliated by the driver's behaviour as the incident happened in front of a packed bus.

Miss Wootten says she has fed her baby several times on buses before without any problems.

"If I hadn't fed her, Emily would have screamed and we would probably have had more complaints from people on the bus," she told the Mail.

"I was showing a tiny bit of breast. I was absolutely horrified but more cross for my baby girl."

The Bristol First bus company has now apologised and sent Miss Wootten flowers and gift vouchers.

A spokesman told the Mail the company would be giving drivers extra guidance to stop this happening to anyone else.

She said: "We deeply regret the incident which was caused by one driver's actions and we have expressed our sincere apologies to Ms Wootten for the distress caused.

"We accept that breastfeeding mothers have the right to feed their children when they are hungry, and understand that it may be necessary to do this on the bus."

However, it's clear from the comments on the Mail's website that a fair few people think the same way as this charming bus driver.

Here's one example: "I'm really sick of all these pushy breastfeeding mothers who insist that the rest of the world should just get over itself and make exceptions for them."

Why is breastfeeding so offensive to some people? Have you had problems breastfeeding your babies in public?

Source: Daily Mail

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