A Walmart employee asked a North Carolina woman breastfeeding her newborn in a store bathroom to move into a toilet stall.
A representative from the retailer confirmed the employee made the demand, telling WBTW-TV the request was illegal and also violated company policy.
Kelly Messing said she was feeding her 2-week-old baby with a cover-up when the employee came into the bathroom and asked her to move to a more private location, saying she was making other customers uncomfortable.
“She stood there waiting for me to get up, so I had to sit in a stall feeding my baby,” Messing said in a Facebook post about the incident.
More than a dozen other breastfeeding mothers, organized by the national Best for Babes group, went Sunday to the Jacksonville store to protest the Walmart employee’s actions.
“This store did not follow our policy in this situation and we absolutely apologize to our customer for her experience,” said Kayla Whaling, a Walmart spokeswoman. “We’re not sure exactly who did not follow our policy but we do not condone this and we have restated our policy to all associates at this retail store.”
State law in North Carolina allows mothers to breastfeed in any public location she is otherwise allowed to be, with or without a cover.
Messing said the store manager called her to apologize and offered her a gift card, and she said she was “very happy with what was said & done.”
[Image: Mum looks at the kid sucking a breast, isolated on white via Shutterstock]