Bristol mother, Alvis West celebrates victory in helping to reinforce new breastfeeding policy at local lesiure centre after efforts to challenge why breastfeeding in the pool should be 'against company policy'
When asked to stop breastfeeding her 7-month year old son while in the pool at Kingswood Active Lifestyle Centre two months ago, Alvis West expressed to BristolLive her 'embarassment' to be told that it was 'against company policy' and 'unhygenic' to breastfeed in the children's pool.
After raising a complaint with the centre, Alvis was contacted later that day by the centre Manager Mr Hinam who was more than willing to listen to her concerns surrounding their current policy. Martyn Hinam responded to Miss West explaining that he 'didn't know why the policy was in place but that he was going to find out.'
Since, this prompted Mr Hinam to seek advice from external sources (including children's charity Barnardo's) before instigating the rule changes to half a dozen swimming pools run by the Circadian Trust including Kingswood Active Lifestyle Centre.
Miss West expressed her appreciation for Mr Hinam's support to BristolLive, explaining that he had gone "above and beyond" to understand her position as a mother.
The other facilities which have introduced the new breastfeeding policy are in Bradley Stoke, Downend, Longwell Green, Thornbury and Yate.
Original story published via Bristol Live