Andrea O'Dowd was at the Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona on February 4 when the time came to breastfeed her baby daughter. O'Dowd headed to the restrooms at the mall's Barneys New York, where there was no chair. In her interview with Fox 10, O'Dowd made the excellent point that having a meal while sitting on a toilet is not appetizing. "Would you sit on a toilet and eat your food?" she said. Only when recreating a scene from Mean Girls.
O'Dowd then asked a sales associate if she could breastfeed in a dressing room. The sales associate, after momentarily excusing herself, returned to say that for the sake of "loss prevention," O'Dowd could not feed her child in the dressing room. By loss prevention, the sales associate meant stealing, because a breastfeeding mother who offered her stroller to be searched is more suspicious than a woman trying on 10 pieces of clothing.
O'Dowd went home and filed a complaint with the mall and Barneys. A spokesperson for the department store issued a statement saying, "Barneys New York is reviewing our lactation policy and training protocol for all locations to ensure that we are adhering to best practices."
While Barneys is reviewing their lactation policy, they should also take a look at how many chairs their bathrooms have. It's always nice to have seating options when shopping.