Breastfeeding Mum Told To Face The Wall In Public Library

24/09/2010 11:51 | Updated 22 May 2015

A woman who breastfed her eight-week-old baby in a public library was told she would 'offend others' by a member of staff, who then asked her to face the wall.

Ayala Ochert was feeding her baby, Nina, in the children's area at St Ann's Library in Haringey, north London, while she read to her three-year old son.

She was approached by a male library worker, who asked her to be more discreet.

Ayala, who was wearing a breastfeeding top, which helps make breastfeeding more discreet, said only one other woman (who was pregnant) was in the library at the time.

She told the Daily Mail: 'I had finished feeding her and she was asleep when a male member of staff came over and asked me if I could be more discreet next time.

'I told him it was against the law to ask me not to breastfeed, but he said: "I'm just asking you to be more discreet. Perhaps next time you could turn and face the wall."

'It was quite insulting.'

Ayala, a member of the support group Haringey Breastfeeding Campaign, added: 'Fortunately, I'm quite experienced at breastfeeding, but I was concerned about it happening to someone breastfeeding in public for the first time.'

A spokesman for Haringey Council said: 'We want our libraries to be places where parents and their children feel comfortable, including mothers who breastfeed.

They did not comment on the member of staff involved in the incident.

What do you think? Have you ever been asked not to breastfeed or to be 'more discreet'?

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