Stop Press – The Headteacher Responds
Earlier today, I blogged about being asked to stop breastfeeding at my son’s Harvest Festival. The situation was discussed briefly on a closed Facebook for parents and carers of children at the school. The discussion was very supportive.
It seems. however, that someone alerted the head teacher to this discussion and showed her the comments. The result is that a letter was sent to every family this afternoon. This is what it says:
“Dear Parents and Carers
I would like to clarify certain misunderstandings which seem to have arisen concerning the school’s approach to breastfeeding babies. It appears there is some feeling that we are against it.
KWS has no issue with mothers breastfeeding their children on school premises and we have always encouraged this. We know that “breast is best”. No parent has ever been told that they cannot feed their child in school.
However, we do expect this to be done discreetly and in a sensitive manner and that circumstances may dictate the best place for this.
For example, during whole school events such as Nativities or Harvest Festivals, it would be sensitive to sit one row back so that the children are not distracted. Or, if a member of staff alerts to particular circumstances regarding certain children, then it may be appropriate to move. This would be in mine with one of the school’s Guiding Principles “For Children”. It is in no way saying that breastfeeding is not allowed in our school.
We are just asking that parents are sensitive to different situations at school. I am sure that this would be appreciated by all other parents.
I hope that this helps clear up any misunderstandings.
well, it’s certainly an interesting spin on what happened yesterday. It’s also a clear attempt to garner support for her position by using her ability to send a letter to the whole school to put across a version of events which is quite different to the reality. What was that we were saying about bullying?
Edited to add that you can read the latest update: Harvest Horror – Saturday Update