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Primark security guard 'physically removed baby daughter from mother as she breastfed'

Caroline Starmer said her 'confidence was shot' and that her daughter 'hasn’t been herself all afternoon'

By Rose Troup Buchanan

A mother has claimed a security guard at a busy Primark store physically removed her baby daughter as she breastfed in order to forcibly eject her from the store.

Caroline Starmer posted on the Facebook support group ‘Free to Feed’ that she was feeding her hungry nine-month-old daughter in a quiet corner of Leicester’s Primark store on Monday when she was approached by a security guard and told to leave.

The mother of four wrote that although she explained to the security guard she was legally entitled to feed her daughter in the store, the situation quickly escalated.

Mrs Starmer wrote: “Just for the security officer to physically remove my daughter from my breast and walk down the store with her, saying if I wanted my daughter, then I was to come and get her.”

Following the incident, Mrs Starmer said her “confidence was shot” and that her daughter “hasn’t been herself all afternoon.”

She added that she had reported the incident to a local police station, and that her husband had complained to the assistant manager of the Leicestershire branch.

A spokesperson for the retail giant told The Independent: “We wish to make it absolutely clear that mothers are welcome to breastfeed in our stores. We are investigating this incident urgently, and take these claims very seriously.”

Leicestershire police said they were attempting to locate Mrs Starmer’s complaint.

Source: Independent

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