As the temperatures begin to heat up for the summer, families will be turning up in droves at their local water parks to cool down.
One Georgia mother brought her two children to Splash ‘n Play Sprayground at Riverside Park on Wednesday to enjoy a day of fun, but the trip took a turn for the worse when she tried to change and bottle feed her infant.
Andrea Sitaru prepared to leave the park after several hours of play but wanted to change her 3 month old son first. She put out a blanket and began to change him. By the time she finished she was surrounded by park employees and a uniformed police officer. They told her that she broke the rules by feeding and changing her baby and escorted her out.
“I don’t want any other mom to go through what I went through,” she told local WSBTV.
Sitaru said she the episode was “humiliating” in a Facebook post, and claimed that one of the employees called her crazy.
She didn’t notice any signs prohibiting feeding or changing diapers and decided against doing it in the bathroom after seeing how dirty, wet and cold the changing table was.
The “public restroom is beyond disgusting, ‘stuff’ all over their walls, wet floors and what they call a changing table is a dirty, wet & cold granite counter top next to a large trash can,” she wrote. “I’ve never seen such abuse of authority towards anyone in the past, nor such bullying towards a mother of an infant anywhere!!!”
Mothers across the country defended her post.
“That is ridiculous. How can you have a place for children to play and expect there not to be moms feeding their infant??” one mother wrote.