A mother-of-four who was made to cover up while breastfeeding in the National Gallery of Australia has received a personal apology.
Christie Rea said she felt “humiliated” when a security guard chastised her for feeding her baby during a visit with her husband and four children in December, The Canberra Times reported on Friday afternoon.
“It was absolutely humiliating,” Ms Rae told reporter Steven Trask of the guard’s initial request she move into the foyer or parents’ room.
“Women who breastfeed shouldn’t be shamed into sitting away in a back room.”
The Newcastle mum was told it was a “food and beverage issue”, as breastfeeding was banned to prevent milk spills in the public space.
A spokesperson for the gallery has since confirmed to Mamamia the staff member’s actions were “a mistake” and contrary to the NGA’s official policy.
“He was not rude or anything, but he was quite stern. It was very clear that it was an issue of decency and modesty,” Ms Rea told The Canberra Times.
She added that she was allowed to continue feeding on the condition she covered her shoulders — and her child — with a wrap.
“My eldest child pointed out that there was a naked sculpture of a breastfeeding woman inside the room.”