Lynda Mazzalai Nguyen was attending a seminar at the Embassy Suites in San Francisco, California.
Before the program began, the breastfeeding mum stopped by the hotel’s front desk to ask if there was a private place where she could pump. Two different staff members told her to use the bathroom.
“FUCK YOU! NO!” writes Mazzalai Nguyen in a now viral Facebook post.
“I told them they don’t eat lunch in the bathroom, so it’s gross to expect me to contaminate baby’s milk in there.”
What followed was a litany of excuses. These are just some of the ones Mazzalai Nguyen heard:
“1) “No, you can’t use the hotel rooms since you haven’t paid for it.” Uhh I paid a fee to attend the seminar which paid YOU, so YES, I am a paying customer.
2) “There are no hotel rooms available. We sold out this morning.” LIES. I found rooms on Expedia!
3) “I don’t feel comfortable putting you in an uncleaned room.” So a dirty bathroom with urine and feces is better than a room someone just checked out of?
Mazzalai Nguyen refused to budge. She was not going to pump in the bathroom, no matter what.
Watch: Mamamia staff on whether they’d let a stranger breastfeed their baby. (Post continues after video.)
Eventually the hotel offered the wine cellar, but by that point she’d had enough.
So, she put on her hands-free pumping bra and pumped in the lobby — right next to the reception desk.
“Fuck you, [Embassy Suites]. I’m livid,” Mazzalai Nguyen writes in her post that was shared on Breastfeeding Mama Talk’s Facebook page along with a photo of her pumping in the lobby.
The mum concludes her post with a warning:
“Do NOT piss off a mama who knows her rights and is a social worker to boot!”
With 19,000 likes and 1,400 shares in 17 hours, Mazzalai Nguyen’s post is definitely striking a chord with mothers. And if the comments are to be believed, her post might just bring about real change.
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