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Woman denied right to breastfeed at Victoria’s Secret store

Posted by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 4:01 AM
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A mother shopping at the Victoria's Secret store at the Domain says she was denied the right to breastfeed. Instead, she was told to go to an alley.

Under Texas law, "a mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be."

But that wasn't the case for one mother who came to us in disbelief. Now she's hoping other women don't have to go through what she had to.

Ashley Clawson had just finished spending $150 at Victoria's Secret. But she left with more than she bargained for.

"I was humiliated by the whole thing, I immediately called my husband," Clawson said.

On Monday afternoon she asked an employee behind the counter if she could nurse her 4-month-old son in the fitting room. It was the response she got that came as a shock.

"Said no, you cannot nurse your son in our fitting room but you can go outside to the alley and nurse him there, no one usually goes there," Clawson said.

After clarifying with the employee what was said, she knew it was no misunderstanding.

"I don't even know what alley she was talking about. I didn't explore it because my son. Obviously if you've been around a baby... once they start crying there is no going back," Clawson said.

Once she got home, she posted what had happened on Facebook, getting more support than she could have ever imagined.

"Some of these people I've been getting friend requests from I have no clue who they are and people who have shared it on their page, their friends have shared it, and they've tagged certain groups that I never even knew existed," Clawson said.

She filed two complaints before being told she would be receiving something in the mail. Clawson now has a different perspective on the company.

"The posters and everything are just women showing their breasts and obviously to Victoria's Secret in my eyes, it's looked at as a play toy. Not necessarily, means for you know nursing your child, which is why we have breasts to begin with," Clawson said.

She is hoping this situation can be used as an example for change.

"I do think that Victoria's Secret needs to train their employee's better on the breastfeeding policy and know the laws on it," Clawson said.

Victoria's Secret issued the following statement:

"We take this issue very seriously. We have a longstanding policy permitting mothers to nurse their children in our stores and we are sorry that it was not followed in this case. We have apologized to Ms. Clawson, and we are taking actions to ensure all associates understand our policy that welcomes mothers to breastfeed in our stores."



Read more: http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/24465979/woman-denied-right-to-breastfeed-at-victorias-secret-store#ixzz2qYB1oRkx



by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 4:01 AM
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christsgirl674
by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 4:57 AM
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I don't blame the store. Just because you can breastfeed anywhere does not mean that you should. Why can mothers not use reasonable judgement?

A fitting room is no place to breastfeed. Its purpose is for trying on outfits. 

Edit: I give her props for asking first but badmouthing the company is very childish and petty, IMO.

pinkiebabii
by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:03 AM
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I agree. She should have just done it in the check out line. No need to hide in a fitting room.



Quoting christsgirl674:

I don't blame the store. Just because you can breastfeed anywhere does not mean that you should. Why can mothers not use reasonable judgement?

A fitting room is no place to breastfeed. Its purpose is for trying on outfits. 

BelleJenWaffulz
by New Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:05 AM
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Quoting christsgirl674:

I don't blame the store. Just because you can breastfeed anywhere does not mean that you should. Why can mothers not use reasonable judgement?

A fitting room is no place to breastfeed. Its purpose is for trying on outfits. 

It's also a place of privacy and (this is complete assumption here) there's more than one fitting room, so she wouldn't be getting in the way of other patrons. IMO this mother was using "reasonable jugement" by asking to go somewhere private instead of (to quote what I've seen here many times) "whipping her tit out" in the middle of the store, which she would have been well within her legal rights to do. 

christsgirl674
by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:07 AM
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Agreed. Anywhere but the fitting room.

Quoting pinkiebabii: I agree. She should have just done it in the check out line. No need to hide in a fitting room.



Quoting christsgirl674:

I don't blame the store. Just because you can breastfeed anywhere does not mean that you should. Why can mothers not use reasonable judgement?

A fitting room is no place to breastfeed. Its purpose is for trying on outfits. 


Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:11 AM
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I don't like Victoria's Secret but i love the Domain. Damn! Idiot store clerk!
mommieof1b4g
by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:13 AM
Thank you for responding to this ignorance before me. My comment would have been a lot bitchier. I think this mom did everything right. I would have just whipped it out lol. But asking to use the fitting room was a much better ides

Quoting BelleJenWaffulz:


Quoting christsgirl674:

I don't blame the store. Just because you can breastfeed anywhere does not mean that you should. Why can mothers not use reasonable judgement?

A fitting room is no place to breastfeed. Its purpose is for trying on outfits. 

It's also a place of privacy and (this is complete assumption here) there's more than one fitting room, so she wouldn't be getting in the way of other patrons. IMO this mother was using "reasonable jugement" by asking to go somewhere private instead of (to quote what I've seen here many times) "whipping her tit out" in the middle of the store, which she would have been well within her legal rights to do. 

christsgirl674
by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:15 AM
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Victoria's Secret does not have a lot if changing rooms. To sit in there feeding your baby is disrespectful to the business, especially when there is a law tailor made for you, a law which states that you are free to nurse your baby out in the open. Why hide in a dressing room where customers could be waiting to try clothes on? That's bad for business. 

She was rude and got called out of that behavior. Good.

Quoting BelleJenWaffulz:


Quoting christsgirl674:

I don't blame the store. Just because you can breastfeed anywhere does not mean that you should. Why can mothers not use reasonable judgement?

A fitting room is no place to breastfeed. Its purpose is for trying on outfits. 

It's also a place of privacy and (this is complete assumption here) there's more than one fitting room, so she wouldn't be getting in the way of other patrons. IMO this mother was using "reasonable jugement" by asking to go somewhere private instead of (to quote what I've seen here many times) "whipping her tit out" in the middle of the store, which she would have been well within her legal rights to do. 


BelleJenWaffulz
by New Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:24 AM
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I don't see how she was rude? IMO she was being respectful of other customers and employees by not only asking permission to use one of the dressing rooms (instead of just occupying it for however long it would have taken), but also by wanting to feed somewhere private and keep from potentially making others uncomfortable by her breastfeeding.

Quoting christsgirl674:
Victoria's Secret does not have a lot if changing rooms. To sit in there feeding your baby is disrespectful to the business, especially when there is a law tailor made for you, a law which states that you are free to nurse your baby out in the open. Why hide in a dressing room where customers could be waiting to try clothes on? That's bad for business. 

She was rude and got called out of that behavior. Good.

Quoting BelleJenWaffulz:


Quoting christsgirl674:

I don't blame the store. Just because you can breastfeed anywhere does not mean that you should. Why can mothers not use reasonable judgement?

A fitting room is no place to breastfeed. Its purpose is for trying on outfits. 

It's also a place of privacy and (this is complete assumption here) there's more than one fitting room, so she wouldn't be getting in the way of other patrons. IMO this mother was using "reasonable jugement" by asking to go somewhere private instead of (to quote what I've seen here many times) "whipping her tit out" in the middle of the store, which she would have been well within her legal rights to do. 



christsgirl674
by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:35 AM
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Why not leave the store or go to the nearest bathroom or back to her car if she wanted to be modest? Hogging a fitting room to do it IS rude, at least it is to me.

I mean, I support public breastfeeding but taking up a dressing room to do it is bizarre. 

And... it's Victoria's Secret. I get why they are NHFT. 

Quoting BelleJenWaffulz:

I don't see how she was rude? IMO she was being respectful of other customers and employees by not only asking permission to use one of the dressing rooms (instead of just occupying it for however long it would have taken), but also by wanting to feed somewhere private and keep from potentially making others uncomfortable by her breastfeeding.

Quoting christsgirl674:
Victoria's Secret does not have a lot if changing rooms. To sit in there feeding your baby is disrespectful to the business, especially when there is a law tailor made for you, a law which states that you are free to nurse your baby out in the open. Why hide in a dressing room where customers could be waiting to try clothes on? That's bad for business. 

She was rude and got called out of that behavior. Good.

Quoting BelleJenWaffulz:


Quoting christsgirl674:

I don't blame the store. Just because you can breastfeed anywhere does not mean that you should. Why can mothers not use reasonable judgement?

A fitting room is no place to breastfeed. Its purpose is for trying on outfits. 

It's also a place of privacy and (this is complete assumption here) there's more than one fitting room, so she wouldn't be getting in the way of other patrons. IMO this mother was using "reasonable jugement" by asking to go somewhere private instead of (to quote what I've seen here many times) "whipping her tit out" in the middle of the store, which she would have been well within her legal rights to do. 




Woodbabe
by Woodie on Jan. 16, 2014 at 6:11 AM
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Last time I checked, there was a nice couch in the dressing room area. I bet that couch would have been a nice place to sit to feed her baby. Since she was there. And had already purchased quite a bit of their merchandise.

Quoting christsgirl674:

Why not leave the store or go to the nearest bathroom or back to her car if she wanted to be modest? Hogging a fitting room to do it IS rude, at least it is to me.

I mean, I support public breastfeeding but taking up a dressing room to do it is bizarre. 

And... it's Victoria's Secret. I get why they are NHFT. 

Quoting BelleJenWaffulz:

I don't see how she was rude? IMO she was being respectful of other customers and employees by not only asking permission to use one of the dressing rooms (instead of just occupying it for however long it would have taken), but also by wanting to feed somewhere private and keep from potentially making others uncomfortable by her breastfeeding.

Quoting christsgirl674:
Victoria's Secret does not have a lot if changing rooms. To sit in there feeding your baby is disrespectful to the business, especially when there is a law tailor made for you, a law which states that you are free to nurse your baby out in the open. Why hide in a dressing room where customers could be waiting to try clothes on? That's bad for business. 

She was rude and got called out of that behavior. Good.

Quoting BelleJenWaffulz:


Quoting christsgirl674:

I don't blame the store. Just because you can breastfeed anywhere does not mean that you should. Why can mothers not use reasonable judgement?

A fitting room is no place to breastfeed. Its purpose is for trying on outfits. 

It's also a place of privacy and (this is complete assumption here) there's more than one fitting room, so she wouldn't be getting in the way of other patrons. IMO this mother was using "reasonable jugement" by asking to go somewhere private instead of (to quote what I've seen here many times) "whipping her tit out" in the middle of the store, which she would have been well within her legal rights to do. 





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