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UK mom stopped from breastfeeding, lodges police complaint

The woman wrote that she tried to explain to the security guard that she was legally entitled to feed her daughter in the store, but the guard was unmoved.

By: PTI | London | Updated: July 14, 2015 4:26 pm

A British mother of four today lodged a police complaint after a security guard at a busy store physically removed her baby daughter as she breastfed and forced the woman out of the store.

Caroline Starmer posted on the Facebook support group ‘Free to Feed’ that she was feeding her hungry nine-month-old daughter in a quiet corner of Leicester’s Primark store yesterday when she was approached by a security guard and told to leave.

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Starmer further wrote that she tried to explain to the security guard that she was legally entitled to feed her daughter in the store, but the guard was unmoved.

“Just for the security officer to physically remove my daughter from my breast and walk down the store with her, saying if I wanted my daughter, then I was to come and get her,” Starmer wrote.

She said she had reported the incident to police and her husband had complained to the assistant manager of the store.

A spokesperson for the retail giant told The Independent: “We wish to make it absolutely clear that mothers are welcome to breastfeed in our stores. We are investigating this incident urgently, and take these claims very seriously.”

Primark also responded on Twitter apologising for the incident.

Police were investigating the matter, the report said.

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  1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
    Jul 14, 2015 at 4:40 pm
    I thought that these things happens only here in India. Our erstwhile masters are also not too far behind it looks.
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      ah
      Jul 15, 2015 at 4:01 am
      A spokesperson for the retail giant told The Independent: “We wish to make it absolutely clear that mothers are welcome to breastfeed in our stores. We are investigating this incident urgently, and take these claims very seriously.” ha ha ha ha hahahhahahha making a MOUNTAIN out of MOLE hill and then trying to MAKE a MOLE HILL out of MOUNTAIN.
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        ah
        Jul 15, 2015 at 4:00 am
        “Just for the security officer to physically remove my daughter from my breast and walk down the store with her, saying if I wanted my daughter, then I was to come and get her,” Starmer wrote. -
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          Martin Goods
          Jul 15, 2015 at 3:44 pm
          this story is fake - it never happened. she's seen on cctv throughout her w visit to the store - and is never approached. no guard matches the description she gave either. She's also tried the same story before at Leys Leisure Centre - but didn't get any publicity that time. She's just a sad, ill lady seeking fame and money - and the media have just lapped it up without ever bothering to check the facts. Its a real worry when this gets so much press based on one persons lie...the story is too good to worry about the truth i guess.
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