The owner of Brick House Bakery in south London recently sparked debate when he asked a mum to take her three-month-old baby outside to soothe the child.

 

The infant had been crying for a few minutes and the staff had reportedly received complaints.

 

Fergus Jackson, the proprietor of the cafe in question, told the MailOnline of the situation: "Parents have a responsibility to look after their children. We are a cafe, not a creche."

 

The incident started a conversation that continued on television, with mum-of-one and journalist Kelly Rose Bradford appearing on This Morning to defend the cafe owner's actions.

 

 

"It's not really the baby that's the problem here, it's parents who aren't dealing with the situation swiftly," Kelly said.

 

Mum Nilufer Atik also came on the programme, but to advocate for the mother who was asked to settle her child.

 

"This cafe owner said that his cafe is child-friendly, this is not an example of being child-friendly. I can't even begin to imagine how humiliated this poor woman felt when she was asked to leave because her baby was crying for what - three minutes?" Nilufer stated.

 

Kelly disagreed, saying, "I don't see that the lady was shamed in any way... There's an awful lot of other people in that cafe wanting to enjoy their lunch, their cup of tea, or what have you and three minutes is an awfully long time to be listening to the ear-splitting sound of a baby crying."

 

 

"And I think as parents, when our babies cry, we are able to zone it out in a way that other people aren't," the journalist continued.

 

"We hear our babies crying, and we go to them, we tend to them. We don't hear it quite in the same way. We don't hear it as an irritation in the same way that other people do."

 

Kelly argued that the situation was a matter of consideration, noting, "What it really comes down to is being mindful of other people and being respectful and not thinking that everybody else has to put up with your child, cope with your child, deal with your child, just because you are."

 

"If that baby's crying, it's crying for a reason," the mum-of-one said. Kelly mentioned that infants usually cry because they are hungry, tired, or in some other uncomfortable state that she says parents can 'generally deal with'.

 

 

Nilufer countered with, "This is a clear case of discriminating against a mother and a child."

 

"We've become a child-hating society."

 

She added, "Instead of being empathetic and understanding and nice about it, people often look at you when your child's crying as if you're some kind of criminal."

 

What's your opinion on the situation, mums? Have you ever found yourself in a similar scenario?

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