Disneyland Paris Faces Backlash Over Telling Mother to Stop Breastfeeding in Public
Disneyland Paris security is under much backlash when they asked an Australian mother to stop breastfeeding her 2-month-old baby in public on Saturday, July 3rd. She was told that guests around her were shocked and did not approve. When the incident was posted to Twitter the following day, people were very upset with how Disneyland Paris handled the situation.
@DisneylandParis Hier vos agents de sécurité ont empêché une maman d’allaiter son bébé de 2 mois au motif que cela choquait la clientèle étrangère ! En France, en juillet 2021 !
Délit d’entrave à l’allaitement on en est où ?@FionaLazaar @MarleneSchiappa pic.twitter.com/rhRT8HHgwq
— marieastier (@marieastier) July 4, 2021
Yesterday your security guards prevented a mother from breastfeeding her 2 month old baby on the grounds that it shocked foreign customers! In France, in July 2021!
Obstruction of breastfeeding, where are we?
Disneyland Paris responded with this tweet:
Bonjour, Disneyland Paris met à disposition des mamans, le BABY CARE CENTER avec du matériel adapté et confortable comme notamment des sièges spécial allaitement.
— Disneyland Paris (@DisneylandParis) July 5, 2021
Hello, Disneyland Paris provides mothers with the BABY CARE CENTER with suitable and comfortable equipment such as special breastfeeding seats.
Later, Disneyland Paris responded again by saying:
We deeply regret this situation and once again offer our sincere apologies to the mother concerned. The request made of it is not in line with our rules of procedure and our values. There are no restrictions on breastfeeding at Disneyland Paris. Disneyland Paris provides parents with young children with various service locations within the destination for those who would prefer a dedicated location. Disneyland Paris is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all families.
Disneyland officials did end up reaching out to France 24 to apologize for the incident.
Responding to the messages, on which the French government was copied, Disneyland said Tuesday it “profoundly regrets this situation and present once more our apologies to the mother in question”.
The agents’ actions were “not compatible with our regulations and our values”, it said, insisting “there is no restriction on breastfeeding at Disneyland Paris”.
It also added that it offered “different places” at the site “for those who prefer a dedicated place” to nurse their children.
Here at Walt Disney World, there are Baby Care Centers in every park to make it comfortable for those mothers that want to breastfeed in private, but Walt Disney World fully supports those who would rather not.
You will be very happy to hEAR that the Walt Disney World Resort is breastfeeding-friendly! Therefore, you may nurse your infant child freely throughout the Resort. However, you’ll also find convenient Baby Care Centers for mothers looking to nurse in a more private and relaxing setting.
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