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
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.

Read: Breastfeeding in public… so what are a woman's legal rights?

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Mother banned from breastfeeding in hospital waiting room

A mother has been 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.