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(KTVI) – Quad City Mom, Nicole (who asked News 8 not to use her last name), says she was told she couldn’t breastfeed in a public place.

On Wednesday, September 11th, 2013, Nicole says she and her family were participating in the “family swim” at the Two Rivers YMCA in Moline when she got out of the pool to breastfeed her 7-1/2-month-old daughter. Shortly after finishing, she says a male lifeguard approached her.

“He said, ‘You can’t do that here, but if you want to feed her you can go into the restroom over here and I will watch your kids for you,’ and I thought, ‘I’m not going to take her into the bathroom and feed her, because I don’t even eat in the bathroom.’”

Nicole says she found a manager, who said he wasn’t sure of the Y’s policy.  However, Nicole says she has breastfed at the Two Rivers YMCA before and “never had anybody say anything to me so this was really awkward.”

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