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Mum Called 'Slut' For Breastfeeding In Coffee Shop

Friday 6th June 2014

A young mother was left distraught after being called a 'slut' for breastfeeding her son in a Costa Coffee Shop.

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Rhea Holley, 27, says she was in "floods of tears" after the verbal abuse from a couple sitting nearby in Costa Coffee in High Street, Purley.

She was breastfeeding her 11-month-old son Arthur when a couple in their sixties started their offensive rant.

Ms Holley told the Croydon Advertiser: "Arthur was asleep at the time so I went in and ordered us some drinks and cake.

"While we sat there Arthur woke up and he was quite upset and so I started to breast-feed him. A couple were on a table that was facing in such a way that they did not have to look at me.

"I heard one of them say 'it is disgusting', that I know what time babies should be fed and should stay at home then, and that I was a 'slut'."

A Costa spokesperson confirmed the incident had taken place and said they had consoled the young mother. The spokesperson said: "Mothers bring in children of all ages to Costa and they are always warmly welcomed by us.

"We have always been very happy for mothers to breast-feed in our stores offering a family-friendly environment that is the perfect place for mums to relax with their children."

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