THE PICASSO MUSEUM was at the receiving end of a barrage of complaints following an incident when a mother was asked to leave an exhibition for breastfeeding for fears it could damage the art.
The museum has since changed its policy on breastfeeding stating that women would be allowed to breastfeed in exhibit halls ´when it is necessary´.
The mother said that her baby started to signal that he was hungry, so she sat down to nurse him.
A security guard promptly went to the woman and told her that breastfeeding was not allowed within exhibition rooms and that she would have to move to the cafeteria to continue feeding her child and that the museum had a sign at the entrance that explained this.
She went on to explain that after leaving the exhibition she left without seeing all of the artwork due to her baby becoming restless.
The woman filed a complaint to the museum and an army of pro-public breastfeeding groups jumped in to support her cause.
“It seems wrong that in these times there is still controversy over breastfeeding in public places,” commented Lactancia en Libertad.
“It’s hard to believe, but that is why our association was created, in order to have a place for complaints from mothers who are reprimanded and expelled from places, and so that society sees that these incidents happen relatively often and are not isolated events.”
Other breastfeeding groups praised the museum´s decision, including the Association of Breastfeed in Córdoba, who wrote on Twitter that “we give congratulations to Lactancia in Freedom and gratitude to the Picasso Museum which has come to its senses and rectified itself”.