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Mother banned from breastfeeding in hospital

An investigation has been launched after a mother was banned from breastfeeding her newborn baby in a hospital waiting room.

Gemma Murphy says staff at the hospital of St. Cross in Rugby asked her to move to a private room to avoid 'offending' other patients.

Staff at St Cross Hospital in Rugby told Gemma Murphy she could not breastfeed in their waiting room Credit: ITV News Central

Gemma, a first-time mother, was visiting the hospital in December for a two-hour test, to check if she still had a type of diabetes which she'd developed while pregnant.

Eventually she was taken to a separate room, where she was allowed to breastfeed in private.

It comes after fellow young mum Emily Slough from Rugeley in Staffordshire was labelled a 'tramp' on Facebook for breastfeeding in public.

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Hundreds turn out in support of breastfeeding mothers

Emily Slough was labelled a 'tramp' for breastfeeding her daughter Credit: ITV News Central
Hundreds of people turned out at the protest Credit: ITV News Central

Hundreds of people have turned out in support of a mother who was labelled a 'tramp' on Facebook for breastfeeding her daughter in public.

Similar protests are taking place at the same time in other cities and towns across the UK.

Mass breastfeeding event in Rugeley

The message which sparked the angry reactions Credit: ITV News Central

Hundreds of women are expected to breastfeed at a mass protest in Rugeley in Staffordshire after a picture of a woman breastfeeding her daughter was posted on Facebook.

In it Emily Slough was labelled a 'tramp' for feeding her daughter Matilda.

Under the Equality Act 2010 it is sex discrimination to treat a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding.

FULL STORY: Mother's anger over breastfeeding abuse

A mother who was labelled a 'tramp' on social media for breastfeeding in public has spoken of her anger.

Emily Slough has received messages of support from around the world after a photograph of her was posted on the Spotted Rugeley Facebook page, along with an abusive message.

The page has now been taken down and replaced, with the new administrators offering their support to Emily.

Victoria Davies has the full story.

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