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An Apology for The Mom Who Says She Was Asked To Stop Breastfeeding at Colorado Rockies Game

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UPDATE: The family says they received a letter of apology from Coors Field’s Director of Guest Services.  To read the apology in its entirety, go to Facebook, and join the group Nurse In @ Colorado Rockies.  Here’s a clip from the letter.

…It is regrettable that we were not able to speak that night as I believe we could have explained our actions to your satisfaction. We have no policy prohibiting breastfeeding in the park, in fact it is something that occurs quite often here. We work hard to make Coors Field a family ballpark and believe that breastfeeding is something that goes with the family environment.

I have spoken to the staff involved and each of them assure me they were only trying to offer you alternatives to feeding in the seating area. Normally our interactions with a mother who wishes to breastfeed involves her asking for a more private area away from the crowd.

I believe that the staff assumed they were helping by offering these alternatives, when in fact you just wanted to attend to your child and continue to enjoy the game. I can understand this was not how you perceived their actions and were offended. I can only apologize and use this situation to educate my staff to prevent a similar situation in the future.

We have instructed the staff that if a mother who is breastfeeding does not ask for assistance to continue to do their jobs like they normally would and not approach her with suggestions of alternate areas. If they feel that the mother would benefit from these suggestions; such as a very hot day or adverse weather, to begin the interaction by informing her that there is no issue with feeding in the seating area but we can provide alternate areas for her and her child if she would like…

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A Colorado mom says ushers at Coors Field asked her to breastfeed her baby in the bathroom during a Colorado Rockies game.  From the ABC station in Denver (click here also to watch a video):

A Colorado Springs mother is demanding an apology from the Colorado Rockies after she said she was harassed by several ushers at Coors Field because she was breastfeeding.  Sandra Snow and her family were seated in the nosebleed section during Tuesday’s baseball game when she decided to nurse her hungry newborn daughter.   She moved to an empty row behind her seat so no one was around. She claims she was fully covered.  “An usher came up to me and told me I needed to do that in the family restroom,” said Snow.  “I told her, ‘I’d be done in a moment and I would come down then.’

After finishing, Snow said another employee came to her, reiterating that there were family restrooms in the ballpark.  “What I felt was, ‘This was offensive to other people and that I needed to take my disgrace to the restroom,’” Snow said. “I’m always careful about covering up and making sure nobody sees anything they don’t want to see.”

The family was so upset they decided to leave the game early.  “I was shocked this was still an issue in this day and age,” Snow said.  7NEWS checked out the family restroom and found the only place Snow could sit to nurse was on the toilet.  “What other time do we eat and use the restroom? That was not an appropriate area for me to feed a child,” Snow said.

Women in Colorado have a legal right to breastfeed in public.  A Rockies spokesman denies that employees took issue with Snow nursing, instead they claim the issue was that she had moved to a row that was closed off.  But what isn’t clear is, if that was the case, why did the ushers bring up the issue of her nursing.  The Rockies said nursing is allowed in any public area of the ballpark and that employees are trained on the policy.  Snow has e-mailed a complaint to the team and recently posted her story on Facebook.  “That is not their position to say where I feed my child and why I choose to feed her the way I do,” Snow said. “I just don’t think I will be going to any more professional baseball games.”