Mum slams Matalan staff after being told go to Asda to breastfeed baby

Mum slams Matalan staff after being told go to Asda to breastfeed baby

A mum claims a Matalan staff member told her to “go breastfeed her baby in Asda instead”.

Back in June, Jasmine Suggit attempted to feed her five-week-old son Isaac in the store.

The changing rooms were closed so she asked for a seat to use – but was reportedly refused and told "no, not in here".

According to the 26-year-old, an employee warned her the toilets were shut too.

Jasmine felt forced out of the supermarket store in Hull, where her hungry five-week-old son Isaac was crying.

The 26-year-old has spoken candidly about the experience in a bid to “normalise” nursing babies in public.

According to Hull Live, Jasmine emailed Matalan to say: "Yesterday I visited the Hull Mount Pleasant Matalan store with my five-week old baby to buy clothes for the whole family.

"During my visit, my son started crying as he was hungry and needed feeding.

"I looked around and headed towards the changing rooms as I knew they would have a seat where I could discreetly feed him but noticed they were closed.

"The store was quiet so I went over to the shoe department for a seat and, out of politeness, asked a nearby store assistant if I could feed my baby here.

"She replied 'no not in here and the bathroom is also closed. You’ll have to do that in Asda'. I was so shocked by this response that I immediately left the store with my crying newborn."

She added: "I’d like to point out that the shop assistant stated 'the bathroom is closed too'. This is suggesting that this is a suitable place to feed my baby.

"A bathroom isn’t a hygienic place to feed a baby so why was this even suggested to me.

"This also adds to my argument that she was suggesting I may not breastfeed in the store but have to go and ‘hide in the bathroom’. Please educate your staff that any women can breastfeed her baby where ever she chooses…

"I should feel confident to shop in your stores with my baby without panicking about if they will need feeding and where I am able to go.

"I have never experienced this in the two years I have been a breastfeeding mother. I believe your staff need educating on the law and breastfeeding and how they can be more helpful in the future.”

Jasmine added: "I want to give you the opportunity to deal with this matter and educate your staff."

She says she then received an "impersonal" and "unsatisfactory" reply back from the Matalan customer care team offering her a 20% off online voucher.

A Matalan spokeswoman said: “We are sorry to hear of this customer’s disappointment in their experience with us.

"We want to make sure Matalan offers a welcoming and enjoyable experience for all the customers and families who shop with us, and the account that this customer has provided doesn’t sound like the high quality service that we’re committed to.

"We have taken immediate actions to look into the details of the concerns raised on this occasion, so that we can be in a position to take any further appropriate measures.”

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