Taiwan museum fined for stopping breastfeeding

Featured - August 14th, 2012

A Taiwanese museum was fined after a woman complained that an employee prevented her from breastfeeding her son in public, AFP reports.

According to the Taipei city health department, the director and an employee of top museum, National Palace Museum, were fined NTD6,000 ($200) for violating the law enacted in 2010 to protect the rights of mothers to breastfeed in public. The law was part of Taiwan’s government attempts to ensure a better environment for mothers.

The woman told AFP that the employee asked her to leave, telling her it “looked very unsightly”. The museum said it would appeal the fine, claiming that the museum worker was merely directing the woman to the special breastfeeding room in the museum.