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Claridge's Hotel 'didn't mean to upset' breastfeeding woman who was told to cover up

The hotel has come under fire after a mother of three complained about being asked to shroud her feeding baby with a large napkin.

A 35-YEAR-OLD mother of three in London has said she felt humiliated when she was asked by a waiter in Claridge’s Hotel to cover up while breastfeeding her baby.

Louise Burns was in the hotel restaurant with her mother and sister for a pre-Christmas treat, she told The Guardian. She said a waiter “hurried over with a huge napkin, knelt down and said it was policy to cover up”.

She received overwhelming support online, while the hotel came up against criticism from Twitter users for its policy. In a tweet at Burns, it said it “didn’t intend to upset” her and regretted that she left the hotel feeling disappointed.

The NHS states that a woman should never be made to feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public. British law made it illegal in 2010 for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place.

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