Edgars apologises after diaper changing, breastfeeding mother asked to leave store

Tasneem Botha says the Edgars Cavendish Square store manager told her it was unacceptable to change her baby's diaper or breastfeed inside the store.

CAPE TOWN - Tasneem Botha said she was asked to leave Edgars in Cavendish Square for changing her five-week-old baby's diaper and breastfeeding the child inside the store.

Botha said the store's manager told her she would need to find a changing room.

"As I was walking out of the store, two of the other staff members thought it was funny. They mocked me as I walked out of the store with a crying baby."

She says the store manager told her it was unacceptable to breastfeed her baby inside the store.


Edgars holding company Edcon, has since apologised to Botha who says she's happy as long as the company follows through and ensures it doesn't happen to anyone else.

A number of mothers are enraged by the incident and have organised a protest that will be held at the store on Sunday.

Edgars said they were discussing the matter and working with various stakeholders, including breastfeeding advocacy groups, to improve internal processes.

Listen to the SoundCloud above as Botha shares her story, while Anel Olsson from the Normalise Public Breastfeeding in South Africa movement explains what will happen at the protest this weekend.

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