A Texas mother filed a complaint against Victoria's Secret after she said employees at an Austin location ordered her to leave the store and breast-feed her son in an alley.
Ashley Clawson, 27, was shopping at the lingerie store in a shopping plaza on Jan. 13 when she asked an employee if she could use one of the empty dressing rooms to feed her crying 4-month-old, a local Fox News affiliate reported.
A second employee refused and suggested Miss Clawson feed her baby in the alley outside, the mother told the station.
“I was very shocked,” said Miss Clawson, who ended up feeding her son in a public restroom. “The posters and everything are just women showing their breasts and obviously to Victoria's Secret, in my eyes, it’s looked at as a play toy. Not necessarily for, you know, nursing your child, which is why we have breasts to begin with.”
She shared her experience on Facebook and filed two complaints. She said Victoria's Secret eventually apologized and promised her a $150 store gift card, which she said she has yet to receive, NBC’s “Today” show reported.
Victoria's Secret issued the following statement: “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. 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.”