Jun 30, 2015 12:55 PM
PEMBROKE – When 1-year-old Andrew gets a little cranky, that typically means he's hungry. So mom, Tabatha, knows it’s feeding time and here in New Hampshire, it’s legal almost anywhere.
But his mother, Tabatha Cole, claims she was discriminated against after she began breastfeeding Andrew at Krazy Kids in Pembroke.
Cole said she was breastfeeding her baby out in the open, and then a manager - she claims - asked her to stop breastfeeding there, so she said she had finish doing so in the restroom.
But the owner of Krazy Kids said there couldn’t be anything further from the truth, and they did everything they could to accommodate her.
We asked her if the manager told her why it was inappropriate.
“Because my boob was hanging out and an 8-year-old was staring,” she said. “The manager came over to me and politely asked me to feed my child in the bathroom.”
One of the reasons, Cole said she believes, is that because at times, her nipple was showing.
“Even though my son was attaching and reattaching,” she said.
We went to Krazy Kids looking for that manager, but we spoke with the owners instead - who later emailed us this statement.
(This is the email in its entirety)
Hi Paul, I'm sorry it took a while to get back to you. We have been in business for over four years and can tell you that we have always had mothers breast feeding while at Krazy Kids. We have never prohibited it and have never discouraged it. We have three children of our own and have often breast fed in public. I can tell you that what we are being accused of is absolutely not true. As you know there are two sides to every story. I have been diligently gathering information from the three employees that witnessed the event, have reviewed the security tapes and did not want to respond without knowing all of the facts. What we found is that our employee had to deal with a very uncomfortable situation that had nothing to do with the act of breast feeding. There was another mom at our facility who was breast feeding at the same time as this incident and she later thanked our employee for handling the situation. So many, many people have jumped on the band wagon without knowing the facts. The damage is done and it is a shame that no one wants to find out the real truth. They just rant on, deliberately trying to ruin peoples’ lives and businesses. We now know the struggles of cyber bullying that our children must face every day. What we will not do is be a party to the same type of behavior. We also will not stoop to the level of degrading the customer in question on a public forum. What we can promise everyone is that mothers and their children will continue, AS ALWAYS, to be able to breast feed at Krazy Kids.
Thanks for your time. Rick and Deb Latham
The owners said they spoke with the employees who were working at the time, reviewed security tapes, and then determined the issue in question had nothing to do with breastfeeding.
In the meantime, Cole wants mothers to see this as a lesson.
“I want all nursing mothers to know that they have the freedom to nurse their child where and whenever they would like, and that they don't have to cover up,” Cole said.
The law also says that if any woman feels discriminated against, they should file a complaint with the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights.
UPDATE as of 8:56 p.m. - We spoke with owner of Krazy Kids yet again at length today. He has now agreed to speak with us for a one-on-one interview next week so he can once again dispute these allegations.
He says Cole isn’t telling the entire story.
He says that other customers are on record saying Cole left her breast uncovered for several minutes. He says unlike Cole contends, it wasn’t just temporarily as the baby pulled away from her breast while feeding.
We will hear more from him when he is available next week.
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