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Monday 18th November 2019

New mum upset as friend bans her six-week-old baby from birthday lunch

She said she needed to bring her newborn, who was breastfeeding

A mother was left upset when her friend banned her six-week-old baby from her birthday lunch.

The anonymous woman took to Mumsnet to vent about the situation, revealing her friend told her she would "love" to see her and "meet the baby" but didn't think it was a good idea to bring the tot along as it was "an upmarket place".

The new mum wrote: "It's my friends birthday next week and she wants to go out for a Sunday roast. The place she has chosen has a children menu.

The woman said her friend banned her six-week-old baby from her birthday lunch (Credit: Pexels)

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"She has just text me to ask if I'm coming because they need to put down a deposit.

"I haven't seen any of this group of friends since before baby was born through one reason or another. None of them have children.

It's a birthday celebration, she doesn't want a baby there.

"I have a 6 week old exclusively breast fed baby and I said yes I can come but will need to bring baby and pram."

She added: "Her response [was] I'd love to see you and meet baby but I don't think that will be good because it's an upmarket place.

"Granted it is quite fancy but if it has a children's menu it doesn't make me think twice about taking a baby."

The friend didn't think it was a good idea to bring the tot along as it was "an upmarket place" (Credit: Pexels)

Fellow mumsnet readers were divided over the issue, with some agreeing with the friend's decision to not want the baby there.

One person said: "It's a birthday celebration, she doesn't want a baby there."

Another wrote: "It's not the venue, it's more that a baby changes the dynamic. It's not unreasonable to want adults only and to be the centre of attention on her birthday. Sit this one out."

A third commented: "Sit it out. It will totally change the dynamic."

However, others were in support of the mother and saw no problem with having the baby at the lunch.

Many were in support of the mother and saw no problem with having the baby at the lunch (Credit: Pexels)

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One said: "Sounds like she's being a bit of a [expletive] though by not just saying she doesn't want the baby and hiding behind what she thinks the venue might or might not like.

"No way I'd have gone out without either of mine at that age."

Another wrote: "Sounds like the restaurant would be fine with you bringing the baby, but your friend wouldn’t be...."

A third added: "It’s unrealistic to leave a tiny baby that you are breastfeeding so you‘ll have to decline the invitation. It’s a shame your friend is being like this."

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