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Mum slammed for feeding her baby during a job interview

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Her baby became fussy just before the interview started (Photo: Shutterstock)

A mum who fed her baby at a job interview has been slammed by parents online for being "rude, condescending but also extremely unprofessional".

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The woman explained that after a successful phone interview in March she was asked to attend a face-to-face interview in the summer for a position in a childcare facility.

When the time came, she had no choice but to bring her seven-month-old son along with her to the interview, but she made sure they were aware of the situation in advance.

She arrived early and was well-prepared, until her son started fussing because he was hungry.

When she asked the director if it would be okay if she could feed him solids, not a breastfeed, she said: "She looked at me funny" and asked whether she could wait until after the interview to feed him.

With which she said: "I smiled and said, well he's hungry now, and I'd like to go ahead and take care of that. She told me there wasn't anything to put him on and she had no food for him.

"I clarified that I brought his food, he just needs to be fed. She replied that he needed to wait until we were done. I laughed a bit and invited her to explain to my infant son that he needed to wait, saying he may listen to her, but I'd doubt it since you know, he's a baby, and when babies are hungry, you feed them.

She was given time to feed and change the baby (Photo: Shutterstock)

"She said she would interview the other candidate first to allow me time to feed the baby.

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"I sat on the floor out of the way in the lobby as they had no tables to put the car seat on and fed him, changed him in the back of my car and came back in.

"I was almost immediately called back by the director. I thanked her for being flexible with the interview order so I could feed my son and that I got him fed and changed.

"She immediately told me that in 20 years she has only done this twice, and told me that she didn't think I would be a good fit for the position."

The woman took to Reddit to ask users whether she was unreasonable for feeding her baby at the interview and ultimately a number of women decided that the woman was in the wrong.

One said: "I've never hired anyone that brought their kid to an interview. I read that as this person doesn't have reliable child care, so how often will there be a problem with their work schedule."

Another added: "You're not only rude and condescending but also extremely unprofessional. You had months to arrange for child care for this interview and refused."

A third said: "I think it was incredibly accommodating of them to let her bring her baby in the first place. Why didn’t you feed your baby before the interview?"

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And: "I’ve taken my daughter to an interview before when she was one. I asked before and they agreed. However. She was fed, changed, and I brought along her favourite toy so during the interview she would be on her best behaviour" explained a fourth.

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