Breastfeeding Mum Kicked Out Of Hospital Waiting Room

27/10/2014 13:22 | Updated 20 May 2015

Breastfeeding mum kicked out of hospital waiting room

A breastfeeding mother was kicked out of a HOSPITAL waiting room after offended patients complained.

Erin Peña was waiting to see the doctor when her baby son became hungry, so she started to breastfeed.

However, other patients complained because she didn't cover her breast as her son nursed - and she was asked to leave.

A furious Erin posted about the incident on the KCBD news station's Facebook page, writing:

"I'm so furious and upset. I just got thrown out of my ObyGyn / Pediatrician's office for breastfeeding! The receptionist told me I couldn't breastfeed in the lobby and had to go to the bathroom or room in the back.

"I said I had the right to breastfeed anywhere. She said if I don't stop she will cancel my baby's appointment. His appointment was for his vaccines! I refused and she canceled it, so I went to find the doctor thinking she would be reasonable and she wasn't.

"She was condescending, kept calling me honey. I said, 'No one in the lobby even cared.' She rudely said, yeah they do they just don't say it to your face.

She added: "I said they were wrong and it was illegal what they were doing. She called security on me and I left with the officer.

"The guy asked what happened and when I told him, even he was like, What? That's what this was about?

"I'm so disgusted. My doctor even lied saying I was walking around with my breast hanging out, even though she never saw what happened. I was just sitting there in a chair. It was sickening.

"Even though it's against the law, I would respect a restaurant's wishes if it asked me to leave, but a paediatric's office?"

The hospital have since issued an apology, after being reminded that, legally, Erin was absolutely entitled to feed her baby.

The law in Texas states: "A mother is entitled to breastfeed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorised to be."

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