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Mother Called A 'Slut' For Breastfeeding In Coffee Shop

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A U.K. mother has gone public with her story after a couple called her a slut for breastfeeding her 11-month-old son in a coffee shop.  

Rhea Holley, 27, and a friend were inside of a Costa Coffee shop when Holley’s infant son, Arthur, woke up hungry. The child was crying, so Holley calmed him down by breastfeeding him.

Costa Coffee has a breastfeeding-friendly policy, so Holley figured she was in a good spot to feed her son. Both Costa employees and the overwhelming majority of the café’s crowd voiced no concern over the breastfeeding. Then, she and her friend heard a nearby couple talking.

"A couple were on a table that was facing in such a way that they did not have to look at me,” Holley said. "I heard one of them say, 'It is disgusting,' [and] that I know what time babies should be fed and should stay at home then, and that I was a 'slut'.”

Holley’s friend went over and confronted the couple about their words, but the couple only reiterated that they found Holley’s decision to feed her son offensive. A distressed Holley spoke with the café staff about the couple’s comments, and management told her to remind the couple that the shop was a breastfeeding-friendly zone.

Holley told the Croydon Advertiser that she was comforted by the staff’s support.

"It was so good of them not only to stand by the law [on breastfeeding] but also to be so supportive of someone feeling so upset," she said.

Holley also explained why she feels it’s important for public places to allow women to breastfeed.

"Babies don't have a schedule," she said. "Any normal person that goes out is not going to know when they will want a glass of water. Why should a baby be any different? Women should not be made to feel like they have to stay in."

Sources: Croydon Advertiser, Inquisitr

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