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What?? Woman asked to stopped breastfeeding in a woman only gym!

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 5:53 PM
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Houston-area mother: Women-only gym asked me to leave for breastfeeding son

by Alex Sanz / KHOU 11 News

 

khou.com

 

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 4:57 PM

 

Updated today at 5:40 PM

 

 

SPRING, Texas-A Houston-area mother has found herself at the center of a debate over where mothers should be allowed to breastfeed.

 

"It's just a meal, that's it," Penny Montgomery-Schlanser told KHOU 11 News one week after she said she had a run-in with a staff member in the Kid's Club area of Pure Fitness for Women, a women-only gym.

 

"The top half of my shirt was covered and [my son] was over the bottom half covering everything else," she said. "I was nursing on the right side, and all the children were to the left."

 

Montgomery-Schlanser said she was asked to leave-something Martha Velazquez, a gym co-owner, denied.

 

Velazquez said Montgomery-Schlanser was only asked to move to a different part of the gym.

 

In a statement given to KHOU 11 News, Pure Fitness for Women said: "Our company strongly supports and encourages mothers to pursue the healthy development and nutrition of their children through breastfeeding. We believe breastfeeding is one of the most important, natural and personal ways for a mother to bond with her baby."

 

According to the statement, the gym, as a private business, was also entrusted with the care and custody of minor children in the Kid's Club area.

 

Velazquez said several children, including an 11-year-old boy, were in the Kids Club at the time Montgomery-Schlanser was breastfeeding.

 

"We are responsible for both male and female children from the ages of three months to 12 years old," the gym said in a statement. "Without express written consent from a parent or legal guardian of these minor children, we feel we do not have the right to dictate what the parent or guardian determines to be appropriate for their children."

 

"This matter has come up hundreds of times in our facilities in the past and [it] has never been an issue before. However, when it comes to issues regarding minor children, coupled with the fact that there are many other comfortable areas (including the women's lounge area) within the facility, we feel the appropriate action was taken in this isolated situation."

 

"It's just eating. It's food," said Montgomery-Schlanser. "You don't go eat a sandwich and put a blanket over your head. This is going to stop unless women ... stand up for other women's rights."

 

by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 5:53 PM
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lanie1595
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Wow, this happened in my hometown.  I used to nurse my son in the childcare area of the YMCA all the time.  They had a rocking chair in there.  It is a natural way to feed a baby and shouldn't be something to be hidden from children.

owensmom34
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Wow!  I'm all for breastfeeding and do not see the harm in breastfeeding a baby in a public place...this is a women's gym?  Why couldn't she?  I don't understand.

Dannille33
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:24 PM
I don't get this either..

I just goes to show you even though it's natural people still can't accept it. Not sure why:(
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Kitkat61277
by on Aug. 18, 2011 at 2:03 PM
They just asked her to go to a different area instead if the daycare area in front of a bunch of other people's kids.
hollydaze1974
by on Aug. 18, 2011 at 2:40 PM

 This!

Quoting Kitkat61277:

They just asked her to go to a different area instead if the daycare area in front of a bunch of other people's kids.

 

Gryeyedgrl
by on Aug. 18, 2011 at 3:04 PM
So where else in a gym should she have gone? Being forced to the bathroom/ locker room is gross, would you eat in there? I woukd cancel my membership there in a heartbeat. How many of those kids were beeastfed I wonder?


Quoting Kitkat61277:

They just asked her to go to a different area instead if the daycare area in front of a bunch of other people's kids.

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DaleCNowak
by on Aug. 18, 2011 at 3:13 PM

I have to go with the gym on this one I plan on bfing my lo even if DD is around for one I want her to understand what I am doing but thats my choice I am her mother. If I was told that I needed to move to a different area to bf my baby out of sight of little eyes that may not understand and are not my children then I would happily do so. IMO the mother was in the wrong and blew the whole thing out of proportion.

DaleCNowak
by on Aug. 18, 2011 at 3:14 PM


Quoting Gryeyedgrl:

So where else in a gym should she have gone? Being forced to the bathroom/ locker room is gross, would you eat in there? I woukd cancel my membership there in a heartbeat. How many of those kids were beeastfed I wonder?


Quoting Kitkat61277:

They just asked her to go to a different area instead if the daycare area in front of a bunch of other people's kids.

In above statement they said they had a womens lounge with an area set up for bfing.

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jen2150
by on Aug. 18, 2011 at 3:33 PM

I kind of agree with you and I kind of don't.  This mom should have went to the women's lounge where the area was set up.  I breast fed both of my boys and that is what I would  have done.  On the other hand detaching a feeding and hungry child is not always easy.  I had two boys 18 months apart and when my youngest was born I had to do that quite a few times.  It was not fun. ( the physical detaching and the screaming infant).  I think the place could of handled it differently.  I can see asking the mother to breast  feed in the designated area next time she had to breast feed.  I also don't see the big deal either about kids seeing her breast feed.  When I breast fed in public I was very careful about being exposed.  Personally I think adults are more concerned than kids are.  It a natural process.  

Quoting DaleCNowak:


Quoting Gryeyedgrl:

So where else in a gym should she have gone? Being forced to the bathroom/ locker room is gross, would you eat in there? I woukd cancel my membership there in a heartbeat. How many of those kids were beeastfed I wonder?


Quoting Kitkat61277:

They just asked her to go to a different area instead if the daycare area in front of a bunch of other people's kids.

In above statement they said they had a womens lounge with an area set up for bfing.


-PB
by on Aug. 18, 2011 at 4:44 PM

I am all for breastfeeding in public but the problem is she was breastfeeding in front of other people's children who may or may not approve and I'm sure it is in the best interests of the gym to ask her move and possibly make her mad rather than potentially piss off a handful of parents who don't want their children to see that.  Lose one person or risk losing many people, kwim?  I will say, it is kinda weird that a "women's gym" doesn't have breastfeeding room.

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