Ohio museum apologizes after woman is told not to breastfeed

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CLEVELAND — An Ohio museum is encouraging breastfeeding after a Pennsylvania mother’s Facebook post drew a flurry of responses.

Emily Locke, of Beaver Falls, says she was breastfeeding her 9-month-old at the Cleveland History Center on Monday when an employee told her that breastfeeding violated the museum’s policy. When Locke refused to move, another employee approached her and told her she had to move to a private area.

Center Director Angie Lowrie told cleveland.com on Tuesday that the museum doesn’t prohibit breastfeeding and that the employees have been disciplined.

Lowrie responded to Locke’s post, apologizing.

Lowrie says they’ve contacted the Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance and plan to train staff on how to address breastfeeding in public spaces.

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