Breastfeeding Mother Asked Feed Baby in Bathroom
KREX News Room
Grand Junction - A mom breastfeeding at the Orchard Mesa Pool is asked to feed her child in the bathroom. Jessica Coleman was breastfeeding her infant son last Sunday, when, apparently, someone felt uncomfortable and asked the manager to tell her to do it somewhere else.
"This was very upsetting to me. It took me off guard. I walked away feeling very upset and shaking," said Coleman before she met with city officials Wednesday.
She's asking the city to now inform its employees of her rights.
"He informed me that some patrons had said they had felt uncomfortable," explained Coleman.
Coleman told him about the Colorado law that allows woman to breastfeed wherever they would like.
"He wasn't asking me to leave, and he said he was aware of the law, but he was asking her to go to the bathroom," said Coleman.
She says she then explained how the bathroom isn't a sanitary place for adults to eat, let alone a child.
"I felt the need to leave right away because I was so uncomfortable," she said.
Wednesday she met with City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation officials, who admit the situation wasn't handled the best way.
"It could have been handled differently," said Larry Manchester, Supervisor of Recreation for the City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department.
Coleman says she was offered an apology which she accepted.
"I am pleased to say that they are using this as an opportunity to develop new employee training protocol," said Coleman.
Officials are now teaming up with the breastfeeding consultant in order to make sure another mother doesn't have to go through what Coleman did. She says she felt encouraged by the meeting and will definitely be following up with Parks and Rec to make sure the policy goes into effect.
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