Walmart apologizes for refusing to print breastfeeding picture

May 15, 2013 at 5:21 PM
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EDMONTON, Alberta, May 15 (UPI) -- An Alberta woman said she was "pleased and shocked" when Walmart apologized for refusing to print a picture of her breastfeeding her baby.

Kayla Andre, who lives in the Edmonton area, said her husband had attempted to have the picture printed at Walmart so he could frame it as a Mother's Day gift, but the store refused to print the photo, citing a policy against printing pictures with nudity, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday.

Andre said she planned to hold a mass breastfeeding event at Walmart Thursday to protest the event but decided to cancel the demonstration when she received a call Tuesday from Walmart's Canadian head office.

She said officials apologized to her and said the workers had erred in refusing to print the photo.

"Lots of people were saying, 'You can't do anything, it's Walmart. Nothing's going to change,'" Andre said. "I'm actually really, really pleased and shocked and surprised that someone from head office ... contacted me and remedied the situation."

Corporate Affairs Director Alex Roberton, who called Andre Tuesday, said stores across the country have been informed that breastfeeding photographs do not violate the company's policy.

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