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Kristy Penn Wagland with Chayelynne Wagland.        Picture: Jon Hewson d439925
Kristy Penn Wagland with Chayelynne Wagland.        Picture: Jon Hewson d439925

�I felt discriminated against,� she said. �I was appalled and angry.�

Mrs Penn-Wagland was sitting in the back row of court to support a family member, who was due to appear.

She decided to feed her two-year-old daughter Chayelynne and said she was covered.

�No one was looking at me,� Mrs Penn-Wagland said.

�I was trying to keep her quiet and Chayelynne would have been asleep, but she (a security guard) interrupted me.

�She asked if she could see me outside.

�Then she said I might be more comfortable if I fed Chayelynne in another room.

�I was more than comfortable sitting where I was.�

Mrs Penn Wagland said she had every right to feed her child in the public gallery and would do it again.

The Department of the Attorney General was advised that a Serco guard spoke to a woman in court.

�The Serco guard offered the woman a room to breastfeed her child in privacy,� a spokeswoman said.

�The woman was advised that she would be recalled to court for the video link that she was interested in.

�The woman attended the video link.�

The Director of Magistrates Courts will meet Serco and court staff and the magistrate at Mandurah to emphasise that the Department is supportive of breastfeeding mothers� rights to breastfeed in the court.