Mom scolded for breastfeeding in public gets apology

Winnipeg’s mayor has apologized to a mother who was scolded by a staff member at a city-owned swimming pool for breastfeeding her infant daughter in public.

Winnipeg’s mayor has apologized to a mother who was scolded by a staff member at a city-owned swimming pool for breastfeeding her infant daughter in public.

Jenna Baker says she was at Pan Am Pool when she fed her baby while sitting in a chair near the water following her infant’s morning swim class.

Baker says she was later told that pool patrons were complaining about her breastfeeding in a public area and that her actions were “offensive.” The incident was reviewed and Mayor Sam Katz apologized to the woman on Wednesday — the same day the Manitoba Human Rights Commission offered to work with the city on an educational campaign about breastfeeding in public facilities.

Close to 100 nursing mothers were to have participated in a mass nurse-in at Pan Am Pool on Friday night.