Woman told to breastfeed in alley instead of Victoria Secret changing room
AUSTIN, Texas (Derek Drake) -- A nursing mother says she was humiliated by staff at a Victoria's Secret store when she was told she wasn't allowed to nurse her son in a fitting room.
Last week, Ashley Clawson said she visited the Victoria's Secret store at The Domain Shopping Center in Austin and spent $150 on merchandise.
After checking out, her 4-month-old son was hungry and getting fussy, so she asked a store clerk if she could use one of the empty fitting rooms to breastfeed him.
What the clerk said not only shocked Clawson, but has some questioning the legality of her actions.
"[She] said, 'No, you cannot nurse your son in our fitting room, but you can go outside to the alley and nurse him there. No one usually goes there,'" Clawson told KTBC-TV of the encounter.
According to Texas law, a mother is entitled to breastfeed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.
Clawson says she was humiliated by the notion and the clerk's comments, and left the store without nursing her son.
The posters and everything are just women showing their breasts and obviously to Victorias Secret, in my eyes, its looked at as a play toy, not necessarily, a means for, you know, nursing your child, which is why we have breasts to begin with, Clawson told KTBC.
Clawson complained to the store and received the following apology, according to a statement released to KTBC: "We take this issue very seriously. We have a longstanding policy permitting mothers to nurse their children in our stores and we are sorry that it was not followed in this case. We have apologized to Ms. Clawson, and we are taking actions to ensure all associates understand our policy that welcomes mothers to breastfeed in our stores.
In Clawson's blast on social media about the encounter she said, "[Victoria's Secret has] Lost a customer for sure."