A woman was denied the right to breastfeed her son at a Victoria’s Secret store in Texas on Monday. Instead, the mother of a 4-month-old hungry baby was told to go into an alley.
Ashley Clawson spent $150 dollars at the Victoria’s Secret Domain store location and asked a salesperson if she could use one of the fitting rooms to breastfeed. She says the employee “said no, you cannot nurse your son in out fitting room but you can go outside to the alley and nurse him there, no one usually goes there.”
“I don’t even know what alley she was thinking about. I didn’t explore it,” the shocked mother told My Fox 7. “Obviously if you’ve been around a baby once they start crying there is no going back.”
She filed two complaints before “being told she would be receiving something in the mail,” according to the station.
Victoria’s Secret issued the following statement regarding the incident:
“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 mother to breastfeed in our stores.”
Clawson went on Facebook to write about the incident. While she has received a lot of support, there have been a few critics.
“For anyone that thinks this was staged, is absolutely ridiculous. I have much more to do than take my son to VS with me on a Monday and hope they deny me the right to breastfeed. However, if I actually would have thought up that story, I might just be a genius,” she wrote Thursday on her Facebook page.
This isn’t the first time Victoria’s Secret has come under fire for denying mothers the right to breastfeed in their stores.
In 2006, a Wisconsin mother was told to use the employee restroom. The company’s spokesperson at the time, Anthony Hebron, said Victoria’s Secret has a “long standing policy of allowing mothers to breastfeed in their stores.”
Sources: Huffington Post, My Fox7