Moms protest Utah water park's breast-feeding policy

Jun 18 2012 - 6:16am

SALT LAKE CITY -- A group of about 15 mothers and their babies gathered outside a Salt Lake City water park to protest its policy against breast-feeding.

Saturday's protest was organized by Katie Buhler, a mother of three who said she was told to stop breast-feeding her 7-month-old child by a female lifeguard at Seven Peaks Waterpark.

Buhler told KTVX-TV that she did not expose her breast, but instead discreetly nursed her child under a blanket.

"I was so caught off guard I didn't even know how to respond to it," she said.

She said a manager later told her that her options were either to leave the park or breast-feed her baby in a restroom.

"She told me that it's their policy and I said 'why,' and she said, 'this is a family-friendly environment and we want to keep it that way,"' Buhler said, adding park bathrooms are unsanitary for the purposes of breast-feeding.

Seven Peaks managers did not immediately return a phone call from the Associated Press on Sunday.

Buhler and her husband, Calvin, took their fight online and received hundreds of supportive responses on their Facebook page, she said. Within a day, they were able to organize a group of women to stage the protest.

The mothers who showed up said they're outraged over the policy.

"If they don't want nursing mothers exposed to the public, then they need to provide a quiet place for mothers to nurse," said Carol Buffi, a licensed clinical social worker and Buhler family friend.


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