One of most popular destinations for travellers in the capital of the UK, Claridge’s hotel in London, has recently drawn much attention and become in the centre of uproar because of its policy regarding breastfeeding.
The incident happened in the end of December 2014, when a breast-feeding woman was asked by hotel staff to cover up with a large napkin and make the breastfeeding process more discreet at the hotel’s restaurant. The situation quickly attracted public eye because the woman made a photo and posted a Tweet about the “ridiculous shroud” that she was asked to use at Claridge’s so that she doesn’t offend other people dining in the restaurant. Soon after that activists of the Free to Feed organization organized a mass protest against the hotel’s rule. Free to Feed is an organization founded by Emily Slough, which main aim is to raise awareness about breastfeeding limitations. Many women staged mass breastfeeding near the hotel, making the case even more famous. Soon after that the management of Claridge’s had to make a press release. The company stated that no changes were made in its policy regarding breastfeeding, and females are free to breastfeed in public places as long as they do that in a discreet manner.