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Breast-feeding mom banned from Victoria's Secret

A mother from Austin, Texas, was told she

A mother from Austin, Texas, was told she could not breast-feed her crying infant in an empty fitting room at Victoria's Secret. Credit: Fotolia

A Texas woman was banned from breast-feeding her son at a Victoria’s Secret store.

After making a purchase at the lingerie store, Ashley Clawson, a 27-year-old mother of two from Austin, Texas, asked to use an empty fitting room to nurse her crying infant. An employee immediately said no. She then suggested "Clawson take her son into the alley outside the store to feed him, and added that it was a long alley so if she walked to the end, no one would see her," the Today show reported.

"I was very shocked," Clawson told Today. She said she thought "what are we, animals? Are [nursing women] that gross to you?" She ultimately left the store and fed her son in a public restroom.

She took her experience to Facebook and after the local Fox affiliate in Austin aired her story, Victoria's Secret issued the following statement:

"We take this issue very seriously. We have a long-standing policy permitting mothers to nurse their children in our stores and we are sorry that it was not followed in this case. We have apologized to Ms. Clawson, and we are taking actions to ensure all associates understand our policy that welcomes mothers to breast-feed in our stores."

Moms groups and breast-feeding advocates throughout the United States have weighed in on the incident. Even "Saturday Night Live" touched upon it on a recent show.

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