Mom is ‘upset and startled’ after a water park told her she couldn’t breastfeed in the lazy river.

A report about breastfeeding discrimination at Rigby’s Water World sparked significant outrage and resulted in a change in their policies. The event, which featured a nursing mother named Francis, highlights the challenges that breastfeeding women face in public and the need of defending their rights.Francis recalled being ordered to stop breastfeeding her infant while in the water at a water park.

She thought it was a bad joke at first, but she was shocked when a woman approached her and enforced the “no breastfeeding” ban after she had already started nursing her infant. She tried to stop to be respectful, but it was difficult once the baby had latched on. Surprisingly, there was no mention of children in the water park’s guidelines, except for the requirement that babies wear swim diapers, which Francis’s kid readily did.

She approached a manager, upset and seeking clarification, only to be informed, “No food or drinks in the water.” Francis expressed her disappointment on social media, pointing out that when she was breastfeeding her kid, her breast was out of the water and the milk poured directly into the baby’s mouth. She questioned a water park’s objectives, which looked to be more concerned with breast milk than other human fluids in the pool. Her goal was not to dine in the water, but to feed her baby, which is a natural and protected right.

Francis highlighted that the activity was legal and protected under Georgia law, which allows breastfeeding in any place where the mother and infant are permitted to be.Notably, breastfeeding is legal in all 50 states, including Georgia, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, with 31 not defining it as public indecency. Rigby’s Water World came under increased scrutiny as the incident spread, with many rallying around Francis to support her cause.

Steve Brown, the water park’s vice president of operations, personally apologized to Francis two days after the incident. Rigby’s quickly changed their breastfeeding policy and supplied their employees with legal information on the circumstance. Breastfeeding had always been permitted in other areas of the park, according to Brown. He stated that their previous policy, which barred breastfeeding in the river, was in accordance with the health department’s guidelines, which prevented eating or drinking in the pools.

However, after reconsidering their position, speaking with aquatic facility specialists, and becoming aware of the statute allowing breastfeeding wherever women are permitted, Rigby’s opted to allow nursing in the pools. Brown admitted the legal misunderstanding and accepted full responsibility for the “misguided” policy. The incident prompted Rigby’s Water World to amend its policy, allowing mothers to openly breastfeed their newborns anywhere on the park premises.

Despite the modified rules and the apology, the water park chose not to reinstate Francis’s seasonal pass, which disappointed her and made her hesitant to return to Rigby’s. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the problems that breastfeeding mothers face in society, where some face discrimination and shame. Francis’ support and the policy changes at Rigby’s Water World are a step forward in recognizing and safeguarding breastfeeding women’s rights.

While this tale had a happy ending, it highlights the importance of increasing breastfeeding rights knowledge and education. Breastfeeding mothers should be allowed to breastfeed their children wherever they want, and situations like this underline the importance of a more open and accepting society. By supporting and advocating for breastfeeding rights, we help to create a more loving environment for women and their children.

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