Moms who want to bring their breastfeeding babies to the London Olympics this summer will have to get a ticket for the baby as well as themselves, according to current policy. Some ticket holders are challenging the rules — and have even asked the Equality and Human Rights Commission to get involved. A few are even threatening to bring a sex discrimination suit.
Should parents have to pay extra to bring nursing babies? Attending Olympic events is an all-day project and one that would require hours and hours of mother-child separation. Moreover, most under-1 nursers would be strapped to their mom or dad anyway. It’s not as if they need their own seat.
Still think parents should get the extra ticket? Well, consider this:
Tickets for the Olympics are sold so far in advance — most went on sale last April, 15 months before the games — some of the babies in question hadn’t yet been conceived. In fact, many of the young nursing babies in question haven’t even been born yet. As it is, there’s no guarantee that current ticket holders would receive one from the next batch, which go on sale in April.
Expectant parents have been told to try to buy extra tickets, which could prove difficult for the more popular events. Without the ticket, nursing moms claim they may be forced to stay home.
Public outcry over the policy may help, though. London 2012 organizers have agreed to go back and reconsider the policy. No guarantees, of course.
Do you think nursing babies should have to have their own tickets? Should parents be forced to choose between the kid and an often once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?