IKEA Boots Breastfeeder to the BathroomsMadeline Holler
Hey, that’s not very Swedish of you, Brooklyn IKEA!
Security guards and an employee told a nursing mom she had to do”that” in the bathroom and sent her packing — but not before checking her receipts. Here’s what the un-named mom wrote in a Yahoo! forum:
On Wednesday I was in Ikea Redhook in the middle of breastfeeding, fully covered, when I was told I had to stop doing “that” and go to the nearby family bathroom. The Ikea employee and security guards were extremely rude to us. I was hustled off to the bathroom and then had to wait because someone else was using it. I was humiliated, my daughter was upset from being interrupted in the middle of her feed. When eventually I gave up and headed for the car to finish feeding, the security guards who had seen the entire event insisted on checking my receipts. I’m putting together a formal complaint to IKEA. I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else?
Of course, we all agree that the IKEA family bathrooms are even nicer than what we have in our own homes. But that’s not the point. The point is: Sweden. What’s the one thing Americans know about Sweden besides IKEA? Only that it’s — the role-model country for all things fabulous and lactating about parenting.
So until Sweden shortens its maternity leaves and encourages moms to not breastfeed — and once the country stops exporting all models of the Baby Bjorn — only then can IKEA employees act like ignorant asses.
For now, the workers in Redhook are going to have to tolerate women nursing wherever they want in the store, including my personal favorite nursing spot, the floor model of this chair (it rocks AND swivels).