Wioletta Komar, a 25-year-old mom of two, is demanding an apology from the retailer Sports Direct after she was forced from of their stores for breastfeeding her son. Komar was waiting for her father, who was to trying on a t-shirt, when she began to nurse her baby son, Daniel. “My son started crying, so I wanted to feed him. I sat on the bench near the shoe rack,” she told UK’s Daily Mail.
Then, an employee of the Nottingham, England shop approached Komar and told her that she could not nurse in the store due to “company policy.” The employee suggested she head to McDonald’s, which had a “baby and mother” room. Other customers were disturbed by the situation and helped Komar push her stroller outside. “It made me feel very upset. I was shaking and I didn’t know what to do. I knew that I was allowed to be there, but what could I do?” Komar said. I can’t help but think that any woman would react the same way to such a stressful situation! Komar made her way outside and into the rain to finish feeding Daniel, where she couldn’t help but cry. “I can’t understand why a baby has to be punished for being hungry and why I need to feel like a criminal when I just want to feed my baby son,” she said.
The UK’s 2010 Equality Act gives women the legal right to breastfeed in public and categorizes the kind of treatment Komar faced as discrimination. The incident happened back on January 25, and has left Komar afraid to breastfeed in public ever since. Since then, the mom has contacted the company several times about the situation and has yet to receive a response. “I have phoned [Sports Direct] myself three times to chase the progress of it and was told that it is in process,” she said. “In my opinion they don’t treat it seriously. …I would like the staff to be trained better and I would like them to say why it happened. I would like them to apologize.” So far, Sports Direct has declined to publicly comment on the situation.
[Image of a breastfeeding baby via Shutterstock]