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Created By: MamaMojo
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Comments: 22
  • Topic : New mum asked to pay $10 to use parenting room

    Member
    Posted June 2, 2012

    Woah! That's a bit rich, right?

     

    Geelong new mum, Amanda Dunn, was shocked to be refused entry into a Ballarat pharmacy parenting room and asked to pay a $10 fee so she could enter to feed her 4 week old son, Kaiden. Only the pharmacy's Baby Club members are allowed to use their private facilities. When Ms Dunn refused to pay, she was offered a public place in the store to feed her baby, but Ms Dunn chose to walk to another shopping centre to avoid public scrutiny while feeding.

     

    You can read more on this story at news.com.au

     

    With this being the only parents room in the area, options are limited. I feel for the young lady, as I myself felt quite daunted about breastfeeding in public for those first few months. The more you do it publicly, the more comfy you become doing so (for me personally, anyway)... but it's not always easy those first few times.

     

    What do you think? Should there be 'members only' parenting rooms, with fees for non-members to use the facilities? I think $10 is particularly rich for a one-off visit! Sheesh! Expensive breastfeed, that!


  • Comments
  • Posted June 10, 2012

    EdenLouise your comment I'd like to sit in the members stand at the footy, but it isn't going to happen unless I'm a paid up member.  I'm not and have no right to complain.

    going to some stupid footy game is not the same as a screaming new born who wants a feed  and by lumping the two in the same catergory just shows us that you have no compassion for anyone in the world, this is a first time mum with a month old child, which in its self is daunting enough without others adding insult to her, and because i don't know you i can only make assumptions as to the kind of person that you are, and maybe you havent been in that kind of situation yourself. its not like she walked into a males only club she was in a chemist that had a parents room and i have never in Australia seen a parenting room that you had to pay to enter, and i ask you this would you have paid the $10.00, what if she was only visiting the area as a tourist well i would never go back to that town city again. And i would let people know, that would definatly put a damper on their tourist dollars comming in. Also if you see the other comment i put up where i ask valid questions. you would see how stupid that chemist was in their treatment of the lady and her baby.

  • Member
    Posted June 9, 2012

    Some places you expect a mothers room for free use, a shopping mall for example... a chemist is not a place i have ever even thought of going for to use a parenting room so it's a confusing one for me... charing 10 dollars is a bit extreme though... they could have let her the one time and told her about the membership and given her the forms or something... with a screaming baby that needs a feed they were a bit harsh to be so blah about a concept that ive never heard of... paying for a parenting room hmmmmmmm what next...

  • Member
    Posted June 9, 2012

     

    I'd like to sit in the members stand at the footy, but it isn't going to happen unless I'm a paid up member.  I'm not and have no right to complain.

  • Posted June 9, 2012

    Amanda Dunn my heart goes out to you, first of all i woiuld like to welcome you to motherhood, it will be one of the toughest jobs in the world, but one of the most loved jobs in the world, it will have its challenges that will try your strength as a person, but it also has lovely rewards as well, please don't let one bad experiance ruin your presious time with your new son, i think its discracefull that a chemist that offers a baby club and a parenting room should treat a new mum this way, so i say everyone boycot this chemist,I have some Questions for the people who run the chemist and the parenting room and the baby club.

    Question ok the baby club is it free to join it or does it cost $10.00 to join?

    Question if its free so what are they wanting to charge her the $10.00 for,

    Cleaning up after she breastfeeds?, well i see no mess there except some dribbling of natures own milk, on her or her bub but not your premises.

    Note: I can see mothers with toddlers making more of a mess to clean up as their little ones would have food and drinks which are not natures own, and grubby little hands that touch everything. 

    next question did they offer her a form stating that the club is free or costs $10.00 and then she could use the parents room,

    next Question if the room was full to its capasidy why did they tell her it would cost her $10.00, if she could not fit in there in the first place if it was full,

    Question and if it was full why not just explain it to her in a nice manner,

    Question if the baby club costs $10.00 to join, what do you get for this membership fee?,

    Note: Busineses are PROMOTED by WORD of MOUTH, so to this chemist i would say How is your BUSINES doing today?

    Compassion goes a long way

  • Member
    Posted June 5, 2012
    v8girl said:

    The staff member involved checked the capacity of the room and deemed it to be full...of PAID members!  Surely those of us that pay to have the opportunity to use these facilities shouldn't have to be turned away because of non-paying users?!?!

     

    If that was the case, how was she going to use the room, even if she did pay the money they were asking? Even if she was a paid member, they can't allow the room to become over capacity due to OHS.. I'm confused.

  • Posted June 5, 2012

    I would have had a nurse in in the middle of the store. Why should women be ashamed to perform the most natural act of feeding? By feeding in public, and not locking ourselves away, we are normalising breastfeeding to another generation.

    My breasts are lovely, and I'm damn proud of them. They have nourished five little babies, and though they may not be perky and look the way the misogynistic wet dream dictates they should. they are what my baby needs.

  • Member
    Posted June 5, 2012

    No mum should walk back into that pharmacy!

    When it comes to basic needs and human rights such as feeding and toileting, I don't think they should have to be paid for.  I know in other countries it is very different though. 

     

    I think most of us have been caught out though as I have had to purchase items from a cafe before, just so they would let the children use the rest room there.  But when they have needs that need meeting, a parent does what they have to do. Even though I didn't want that toasted cheese and tomato sandwich and bottle of water....

  • Member
    Posted June 4, 2012

    I can get that she was self conscious but if that had happened to me I would given them a choice (that's what you do with difficult children ;P): either let me in to feed my child or I will sit cross legged on the floor in fron of te counter to feed him!

     

    Maturity may not be my strong point.

  • Member
    Posted June 4, 2012

    Total crap!  I would be mad too.

  • Member
    Posted June 4, 2012

    That's just wrong!