Women stage 'nurse-in' outside London hotel that asked breast-feeding mother to cover up

LONDON – Several dozen breast-feeding women have protested outside a luxury London hotel where a mother was asked to cover up with a napkin as she fed her baby.

Louise Burns said she felt humiliated by staff at Claridge’s in the incident this week.

The group Free to Feed organized the “nurse-in” Saturday outside the hotel in the upmarket Mayfair district.

The group’s founder, Emily Slough, said such incidents discouraged women from breast-feeding. She said: “We’re here to challenge that stigma and show women it’s normal and natural.”

Claridge’s has said it embraces breast-feeding, but requests that women are “discreet” toward other guests.Nigel Farage, leader of the Euro-skeptic party UKIP, drew criticism after he said Friday that hotels had the right to ask breast-feeding women to “perhaps sit in the corner.”