03/23/2016 14:33 EDT | Updated 03/24/2017 01:12 EDT

Ohio museum apologizes after woman is told not to breastfeed

CLEVELAND — An Ohio museum is encouraging breastfeeding after a Pennsylvania mother's Facebook post drew a flurry of responses.

Emily Locke, of Beaver Falls, says she was breastfeeding her 9-month-old at the Cleveland History Center over the weekend when an employee told her that it violated the museum's policy. When Locke refused to move, another employee approached her and told her she had to move to a private area.

Centre Director Angie Lowrie told ( ) on Tuesday that the museum doesn't prohibit breastfeeding and that the employees have been disciplined.

Lowrie responded to Locke's post, apologizing.

Lowrie says the museum has contacted the Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance and plan to train staff on how to address breastfeeding in public spaces.


This story has been corrected to show the mother visited museum over the weekend, not on Monday.


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The Associated Press