'Unprofessional': new mum slammed for feeding her baby during job interview

The woman asked to feed her baby during the interview
The woman asked to feed her baby during the interview  Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A mother has been slammed online for feeding her baby during a job interview.

Posting on Reddit, the woman said she had said she was successful in a phone interview with a childcare company previously and had progressed to a second face-to-face interview, saying the company knew that she would have to bring her seven-month-old in when she met them in person.

"I verified that they had room at the centre for my now 7-month-old and that I could bring him to the interview with me" she said in the post.

The woman said she arrived early, and then began to fill out a pre-interview questionnaire when her son started to get fussy because he was hungry.

"I asked the director if there was something I could set his car seat on while I fed him" she said, saying the director asked her if he could wait until after the interview to eat, saying she responded with a smile, saying he was hungry now and she'd like to feed him.

"She told me there wasn't anything to put him on and she had no food for him" she continued.

"I clarified that I brought his food, he just needs to be fed" she assured the director, who said that "he needed to wait until we were done".

"I laughed a bit and invited her to explain to my infant son that he needed to wait, saying he may listen to her, but I'd doubt it since you know, he's a baby, and when babies are hungry, you feed them" the woman joked.

The director said she would interview the other candidate first she had time to feed the baby.

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She had asked the company if she could bring her baby to the interview beforehand

She had asked the company if she could bring her baby to the interview beforehand Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

"I sat on the floor out of the way in the lobby as they had no tables to put the car seat on and fed him, changed him in the back of my car and came back in" she explained.

"I was almost immediately called back by the director. I thanked her for being flexible with the interview order so I could feed my son and that I got him fed and changed."

However, the woman immediately said she didn't think she was right for the job.

"She immediately told me that in 20 years she has only done this twice and told me that she didn't think I would be a good fit for the position."

"So Reddit, am I the a--hole for feeding my baby?"

Users responded to the post, most users saying they thought it was unnecessary and unprofessional for the woman to bring her baby to the interview.

"I've never hired anyone that brought their kid to an interview. I read that as this person doesn't have reliable child care, so how often will there be a problem with their work schedule" one user pointed out  

"It's not even the baby part. It's the total of lack of foresight and planning regarding bringing the kid" another said. "Feed him, make sure his diaper and clothes are clean, and play with him so he's tired before the interview"

"You're not only rude and condescending but also extremely unprofessional. You had months to arrange for child care for this interview and refused. You did them a favor showing your character."

Some users said they though the poster was taking advantage of how flexible the childcare facility was.

"I think it was incredibly accommodating of them to let her bring her baby in the first place" one amazed user said. "Why didn't you feed your baby before the interview?"

Others were convinced it was a joke.

"I can't decide if this person is a troll, trying to stay on unemployment, or just super clueless" another puzzled user said.