Woman stopped from breastfeeding at Disneyland Paris; park apologises
Disneyland Paris is facing backlash from fans after a woman was reprimanded by theme-park security for openly breastfeeding her child.
Twitter user @marieastier shared a photo on Sunday of two security guards speaking with a group of adult visitors and their children. The Twitter user said they took the picture on Saturday, and added that they heard the employees asking the woman to stop breastfeeding her 2-month-old baby in public.
The photo quickly garnered the attention of Disney fans and French citizens, and it's since received thousands of comments and shares.
The woman, who is reportedly named Laura, spoke with AFP about the incident. She recalled feeding her child before three guards arrived and started "berating" her to stop doing something that she felt was a "completely natural and normal part of life."
"I felt completely vulnerable, totally intimidated, and quite afraid," she told the publication.
Laura also told AFP that the guards asked her to cover her chest or move to a different area, to which she "quite firmly" said she wouldn't.
"I asked what was the reason for this kind of request and they basically said it was for the other guests of the park who are here from other cultures and religions," she said.
One person said on Twitter that they felt Disney's response to the parent was "shameful," and another argued that people in France should be allowed to openly breastfeed.
French Politician Fiona Lazaar also joined the conversation, and shared that she wrote a letter to the Disneyland Paris president about the incident. She recently suggested a new law that would legally allow women to breastfeed in public places after a Bordeaux woman was reportedly slapped while feeding her child.
Disneyland Paris responded to the comments on Twitter by saying that the theme park has a Baby Care Center onsite, which features comfortable seats specifically designed for breastfeeding.