A group of mothers plan to breast-feed their infants near the entrance to the city of Englewood's Pirates Cove Family Aquatic Center Friday .
The exact time and other details have not been publicized, but it was sparked by an Alamosa woman being asked to stop breastfeeding on Sunday morning.
The breast-feeding protest was first reported by 7News.
In an e-mail to The Denver Post, Charlotte Dirkes said she was nursing her infant in the kiddy pool with a water park employee asked her to stop because other patrons had complained, saying. "Their children were seeing more than they needed to see," Dirkes stated in her e-mail.
"Numerous times I mentioned that the law states that I have the legal right to breastfeed where ever I am allowed to be. The conversation ended," she said.
Dirkes said she is bothered that the employee did not know the law.
"I am and was very saddened to know this is how a presumably family friendly establishment treats mothers and babies doing the most natural thing possible; breastfeeding," Dirkes stated. "By asking me to stop, cover up or go somewhere more private Pirates Cove violated my right to nurse in public. This is unacceptable."
"All women should be free and unafraid to feed their children how they best see fit, however that may be."
A spokespeople for the water park was not immediately available to comment Thursday night.
Michael Flaherty, the deputy city manager of Englewood, apologized in a letter provided to The Post by Dirkes:
"We understand that you were well within your rights to breastfeed your child at any time or location. The City of Englewood sincerely apologizes to you and her family for any personal offense that we may have caused," the letter said.
Dirkes said after the incident Sunday, she contacted a friend who also is a breast-feeding advocate, who then began discussing it on online forums.
"I began to call leaders from the local La Leche League chapters to get their support and viewpoint," she said. "At this point I found out I had a large number of other mothers who were in support of my situation and myself. Many of these women have called and e-mailed both Pirate's Cove and members of the Englewood City Council."
Dirkes said she wants to see a "public written apology be made to my family and myself."
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