ROUND ROCK, Texas (CBS Houston) — A woman claims a Victoria’s Secret employee told her to breastfeed in an alley, instead of in the store’s fitting room.
Ashley Clawson described on Facebook what happened when she asked the employee if she could breastfeed her 4-month-old son inside the store.
“I have to blast Victoria’s Secret at the Domain for telling me I wasn’t (allowed) to nurse my very hungry, fussy son in their fitting room after I spent a fair amount in their store,” Clawson posted on Facebook on Jan. 13. “She actually told me to go outside and walk down an alley where no one ‘usually’ goes and nurse him.”
Clawson tells KTBC-TV that at first she thought it was a misunderstanding.
“I don’t even know what alley she was talking about,” she told KTBC. “I didn’t explore it because my son. Obviously if you’ve been around a baby … once they start crying there is no going back.”
Clawson has filed two complaints against Victoria’s Secret.
The company apologized for the incident.
“We take this issue very seriously. We have a longstanding policy permitting mothers to nurse their children in our stores and we are sorry that it was not followed in this case,” the statement to KTBC read. “We have apologized to Ms. Clawson, and we are taking actions to ensure all associates understand our policy that welcomes mothers to breastfeed in our stores.”
Texas law states that a mother can breastfeed her baby in any location where she is authorized to be.