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Stopping mum breastfeeding is 'inhumane'

The Australian Breastfeeding Assocation says people need to be aware of the law after a mother was asked to stop breastfeeding at the side of a Bribie Island pool.

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An apology to a mum asked not to breastfeed beside a public pool is not enough, according to more than 30 mothers who plan to protest on Saturday outside a council-owned facility.

Liana Webster, 26, said she was humiliated and in tears after being asked to stop breastfeeding her youngest child at the side of the public pool while she was watching her other youngsters swimming.

She said she was visiting Bribie Island Aquatic Centre, run by the Moreton Bay Council, with her three children and was told to move to the baby change room or to a more secluded area and to cover herself.

Liana Webster with Kylan, 6, Jayda, 5, and daughter Rori Webster-Camilleri.

Liana Webster with Kylan, 6, Jayda, 5, and daughter Rori Webster-Camilleri. Photo: Iain Curry/ Sunshine Coast Daily.

A council spokeswoman said staff at the Bribie Island Aquatic Leisure Centre had received a complaint about a mother breastfeeding from a family also in the pool.

"Moreton Bay Regional Council regrets any distress caused to the mother or her family, and staff have been made aware of the relevant legislation in this area," the spokeswoman said.

Read more at the Sunshine Coast Daily.

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