Oklahoma Mom Kicked Out of YMCA Locker Room for Breastfeeding
Tiffany Hoag says she was asked to leave a locker room where she was nursing her newborn
http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#pbid=df513009265e4427aaf5f0342a75c90e&ec=5xamx4czp1J6En_5hb7aYaJF7qIJFJvfNew mom Tiffany Hoag says she was forced to leave a YMCA locker room after a staff member saw her nursing her baby.
“I went to the women’s locker room and changed him, then he started to get a little bit fussy, so I started to nurse him,” Hoag told KFOR about the incident, which occurred at an Oklahoma City Y.
Another woman was also breastfeeding in the locker room before a staff member came in and asked them both to leave.
“The next thing you know, she’s escorting this lady out of the locker room, and then she comes back for me and says, ‘You can’t be in here, I’m going to have to ask you to leave,’ ” recalled Hoag, whose baby is only 8 weeks old. “I was really embarrassed and upset because people were looking, and he was crying because he was still hungry.”
Hoag was then brought to a family locker room, which she described as dirty, with “towels on the floor” and containing only a toilet, shower, seat and sink.
“I’m honestly humiliated,” she said. “I don’t want to go back to that Y ever again. It’s really discouraging.”
The YMCA released a statement regarding the incident, apologizing for what they believe was a staff member’s misunderstanding of locker room rules.
“The Y is a place for families, and we support breastfeeding moms in our facilities,” reads the statement obtained by KFOR. “We believe this was likely an unfortunate mistake with our staff member misinterpreting our locker room policy, which states that children are not allowed in adult locker rooms.
“We are looking into this particular incident further with the staff members involved in an effort to ensure that no other moms have this happen in the future. We are very sorry that this new mom had a negative experience and will continue to train our staff to understand that moms can breastfeed anywhere they would like to do so in our facilities.”