Museum apologizes after woman is told not to breastfeed

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

OHIO -- An Ohio museum is encouraging breastfeeding after a Pennsylvania mother's Facebook post drew a flurry of responses.

Emily Locke, of Beaver Falls, said Monday that she was breastfeeding her 9-month-old at the Cleveland History Center over the weekend when an employee told her it violated the museum's policy. When Locke refused to move, another employee approached her and told her she had to move to a private area.

Center Director Angie Lowrie told on Tuesday that the museum doesn't prohibit breastfeeding and that the employees have been disciplined.

"We are a family institution and welcome to all," she said. "It is a safe place to come with a family, and women have every right to feed their children."

Lowrie responded to Locke's post, apologizing.

Locke accepted Lowrie's apology and said she may visit the museum again someday.

"I hope to find the warm and accepting atmosphere there that I did not on this visit," she wrote. She said she hopes more women understand their rights "so these incidents become fewer and further between."

The museum has contacted the Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance, Lowrie said, and they plan to train staff on how to address breastfeeding in public spaces.