Mum Told to Cover Up While Breastfeeding at a Museum Filled With Nude (and Breastfeeding) Statues


The Victoria & Albert Museum is filled with nude statues of women and men — which is why one mum was “perplexed” after she was asked to cover up while breastfeeding her child.

The Twitter user @Vaguechera posted about her experience after they visited the museum last weekend, saying, “Flashed a nanosecond of nipple while #breastfeeding and was asked to cover up in @V_and_A courtyard. Am perplexed…”

She then tweeted out photos of the various nude statues they came across during their day out — including one that was breastfeeding a child.

The museum’s director, Tristram Hunt, quickly tweeted an apology.

“V sorry. Our policy is clear: women may breastfeed wherever they like, wherever they feel comfortable & shld not be disturbed,” he wrote.

The mum accepted Hunt’s apology, and suggested the museum retrain their staff, particularly in light of World Breastfeeding Week.

She also thanked everyone on Twitter for their support, explaining why she felt it was necessary to share her story.

“Reason it’s important: embarrassment about #breastfeeding one of most common reasons that women give up.”