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Legoland Apologizes Over Employees Attempt To Relocate Breastfeeding Mom

Breast Feeding at Legoland

Lego officials have publicly apologized for an incident that happened at their Legoland Winter Haven, Florida location between a breastfeeding mother and a park employee.

According to Kelly Sabourin, 39, she was watching two of her children play while nursing her 2-year-old daughter Keigin when she was approached by a Legoland employee who told her she had to move.

According to Sabourin the Legoland employees walked up to her and her friend Susan Williams and said they had to relocate because she couldn’t breastfeed in front of other guests. Kelly held her ground and the employee stood by her side, blocking the breastfeeding mother from the rest of the room and her own children until she finished feeding her child.

Susan told WTSP:

“I was shocked. I’ve never experienced first-hand someone being asked to stop nursing at a family-friendly place like Legoland.”

Kelly added:

“She was blocking me from the rest of the room. It’s something I celebrate, I love doing with my child, and all of a sudden I’m being led to believe what I’m doing is shameful that I need to hide it in some room instead of making it a normal everyday thing especially when they’re are using the phrase ‘family-friendly place'”.

The strangest part of the incident is that it happened in the Legoland Baby Care Center which features a changing area, a bottle warming center and a kid-friendly bathroom.

Speaking of the incident Legoland publicist Jacquelyn Wallace noted:

“We allow breastfeeding moms to nurse anywhere throughout the park but we’ve created these nursing bays.” She adds, “Each bay has a white rocking chair for mom, a foot stool, a small rocking chair for another child and an electrical outlet for charging phones or any other need.”

Wallace went on to admit that when sharing news of the new Baby Center with park employees and the company’s “moms can nurse anywhere” policy there was “a lapse in communication” between management and Legoland employees.

She adds:

“We were actively promoting this facility to our employees to share with our guests. We failed to remind our employees our policy is to allow mothers to feed their children anywhere and however they choose.”

In fact the company didn’t really have a choice, according to Florida law 383.015 on Maternal and Infant Health Care:

A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether or not the nipple of the mother’s breast is covered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.

For its part Legoland has taken full responsibility for the incident and has promised to make breastfeeding mothers feel comfortable in their facilities.

Do you believe that Legoland acted correctly in quickly taking responsibility for its employees actions and then remedying the situation publicly?

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37 Responses to “Legoland Apologizes Over Employees Attempt To Relocate Breastfeeding Mom”

  1. Marie Little

    I agree that Legoland should apologize. But, the law stating that a mother can breastfeed anywhere uncovered, now that's wrong. It's the law that needs to be changed. Breastfeeding is a wonderful thing for the mothers and children. It should be done respectfully.

  2. Marie Little

    I agree that Legoland should apologize. But, the law stating that a mother can breastfeed anywhere uncovered, now that's wrong. It's the law that needs to be changed. Breastfeeding is a wonderful thing for the mothers and children. It should be done respectfully.

  3. Veneta Britt

    Yes the company did not fully ingrain into their employees the rules. The employee was wrong but the company was right to rise to the occasion and take responibility because of the error. Males me feel they actually might mean what they say.

  4. Renee Jane

    I shake my head at people that try to make mothers ashamed of doing something that is the best for their child. It's something natural. Once again humans have turned something natural into something "bad" As long as the mother is covered up breast feeding should be alright ANYWHERE!

  5. Ella Doe

    Just one question……will you bottle feed your child in private?

  6. Crystal Baltimore

    I think if they have places set up for the mothers then they would be more comfy in those places.. Speaking of the incident Legoland publicist Jacquelyn Wallace noted:

    “We allow breastfeeding moms to nurse anywhere throughout the park but we’ve created these nursing bays.” She adds, “Each bay has a white rocking chair for mom, a foot stool, a small rocking chair for another child and an electrical outlet for charging phones or any other need.”.

    sounds like they got the perfect set up! a nice quiet area with added perks of room for your other children if you have any, a place to charge phones and aything else electronic.. sounds like the place really is set up to be family friendly. If I was a nursing mother I would chose one of those bays! :)

  7. Samantha Schmidlin

    Years ago breastfeeding was the ONLY way to feed your infant. Mankind would not exist if women did not breastfeed… Now that powder is available to nourish babies, people think it's wrong to put a boob in a babys mouth in public. But I agree it should b a bit concealed, we aren't cave women walking round w it hangin out!

  8. Jennifer Rose Hilton

    I agree she should be able to breastfeed anywhere but her nipple doesn't need to show she could throw a blanket over her shoulder at least. not saying her nipple was showing but looking at the law they don't care if the nipple shows, but really us moms can breastfeed without showing our boobs or nipples.

  9. Ev Deff

    I think breastfeeding is great and anywhere. I don't feel that my children should have to see your tits. you cant show your tits on the beach or anywhere else. so why should you be able to just cuz you are feeding. you should think of the other children too. a lot of people don't run around there house naked. so some children are not use to seeing tits. so why should my child be able to see yours when he don't see ours. I think if you breastfeed you should cover yourself. I fed my children everywhere I went and nobody complained but I didn't show anything either. I don't want you going to the beach and taking your top off either. and you are not allowed to either. so I think you should think of other children also when you breastfeed. just have respect for other people and we will have respect for you.

  10. Crystal Baltimore

    I don't think the mother should be ashamed at all. also like someone said about being covered up.. I think that makes a big difference to if the woman is covered by a cloth or something. I agree breastfeeding is a beautiful thing but not everyone wants to watch it being done. Its not just mothers that have a say in what goes on in public! we all have to live together and learn to compromise and try not to totally offend each other.

  11. Tamara Thornhill Washington

    I am thrilled legoland did stand up and apologize to the mom, that shows that the company stands by there moto “family-friendly Place “as well as customers come first. The one think I don’t agree on is that the mom was so exposed for us to see so much. Breastfeeding is a special bond between mom and baby not mom, baby, and the whole world. The mom could have been a little more discreet, and covered herself when she was about to feed her baby. The employee should be well informed on how to handle these situations.

  12. Wendi Saunders- Freyermuth

    people are crazy these days. glad they owned their mistake but I think its one that couldve been avoided had they properly trained their employees……..completely diff though….. ive had moms walk up to me and tell me nursing is pornographic and I should be arrested. and that I'm raising wimps and other nasty comments.

  13. Fran Shipp

    When my child was a baby I wore special clothing that allowed me and the baby privacy while he nursed in public. I also covered my blouse and him with a lightweight blanket so nothing ever was seen. Put the baby in position, cover with the blanket, and then undo the top and begin nursing. Not a thing in this world wrong with that. Now, a chair, stool, and a phone charging station is a good idea when you don't have other children to watch who would rather be playing at Legoland. " The strangest part of the incident is that it happened in the Legoland Baby Care Center which features a changing area, a bottle warming center and a kid-friendly bathroom." This does not mean it was in the restroom, but I would like to know how it was set up. I assume that it was in a play area that has these seperate areas in the same building. Like, say, a McDonalds that has a Playplace. She should have been left alone; while I didn't breastfeed my child past 6 months, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mother and baby desire. The World Health Organization recommends continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.
    It is still a free world, at least in some ways and this mom was within her rights.

  14. Ella Doe

    Mary Wahl I am not running around topless. I am feeding my child just like you would with a bottle. Where would you feed your child a bottle? Right in front of everyone? What do you think the women did back in the day before bottles and formula? My point is would you cover your child that was being fed with a bottle? Would you feed your child in a the bathroom or some bay that was put up to be used for feedings?

  15. Fran Shipp

    P.S. The pic above is obviously not the pic of the mom nursing her baby, it is a photo for this article. The article asks "Do you believe that Legoland acted correctly in quickly taking responsibility for its employees actions and then remedying the situation publicly?"
    And I say yes.

  16. Roxana Cadwell Tumlinson

    it might be a good thing to do but some people don't want there kids to see other people boobs and if for everyone who don't mind it then y not let your kids just watch r rated movie and take them to nude beaches because I know my kids don't need to see everyones boobs.

  17. Jennifer Racine Casaday

    I whole heartedly believe on breast feeding but, there is no need to breastfeed at 2 years old. That would disturb me more than the feeding itself. A child shouldn't be on a bottle at two, why would you nurse? I hope it was just a misprint. If it was a two MONTH old then I would fight to the teeth for her right to nurse in public.

  18. Stacey Riley

    I dont understand. I would never tell my kids theres anything shameful about breastfeeding and it wouldnt bother me for them to see it.

  19. Stacey Riley

    Had to giggle at that last one. U def have the right to raise your kids your way, but as far as nude beaches go, a true nudist lifestyle has nothing to do with sex and normal, healthy children are raised as nudists all the time. R rated movies? I dont understand the comparison at all.

  20. Patricia Salinis

    roxana, id rather not see u at legoland, if u would rather subject ur children to jerry springer, then a natural, normal, More healthy way to feed ur child.. if thats the kinda crap u let a child watch.. then shame on u!!

  21. Andrew John Hoffman

    Its entirely up to the mother. Its a natural function public /private/whatever and the wowsers should just butt out. I don't find it erotic to witness or embarrassing-just something natural that every woman has a right to do when and where's she needs to without any sense of shame or guilt whatsoever.

  22. Roxana Cadwell Tumlinson

    people get in trouble over taking a pic of there kid in a bath tub when the kid is only afew months old because people say thats wrong well its not right for my kid to have to see someones boobs

  23. Charity Hammond Tiers

    What difference does it make if she was "covered" or not , and by the way for everyone complaining about that, show me where it says that she was not covered up. Try reading better before you comment , it never says whether she was or not. The point was she was asked to move, when she should not have been.

  24. Anastasia Spruill

    Except that the article clearly states that the mother was watching her other two children play. You try making two small children stay in a nursing room bored to tears while you nurse! It is ridiculous to have to hide or struggle with two other children for comfort of idiots. I agree breastfeeding should be done with a decency cover, but beyond that it is no different than bottle feeding in terms of where it should be allowed.

  25. Judy Hooper

    How many of all these complaining people that are making such a fuss were breast fed as a baby.If you don't want to see it don't look.