Warrensburg – The Parks Board reaffirmed a policy that prohibits breast feeding in or near city pools due to “concern for the general sanitation of the aquatic facilities.”

Parks Director Dodee Matthews said the board adopted a similar policy in 2012. The change follows “clarification” of breast feeding rights in a new state law that took effect Aug. 28, she said.

The law says mothers may breast feed in any public or private location without being accused of public indecency.

The 2012 resolution stated nursing mothers could breast feed “with as much discretion as possible” with “appropriate covering.”

The new resolution allows nursing mothers to breast feed at any park facility, but not in or near pools.

The board’s 2012 policy followed a mother’s complaint that staff, due to patron complaints, asked her to move from poolside while she breast fed her baby.

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