Hamilton's Claudelands Events Centre apologises after staffer tells mother to stop breastfeeding

A Hamilton events centre has apologised after an employee told a mother to stop breastfeeding in public.

"A visitor to Claudelands was discouraged from breastfeeding in a public space by a member of staff," Claudelands Events Centre said in a statement posted to their Facebook page on Sunday. 

The 2014 'Supreme Venue of the Year' winner claims they are "extremely disappointed" by the staffer's behaviour, calling it "totally unacceptable".

The venue, owned by Hamilton City Council, claims the incident does not reflect their values as a "family-friendly" space "that strives to make all visitors feel welcome and safe".

The incident allegedly unfolded as the arena hosted the popular show Disney on Ice.

The arena's response has been met with praise by social media users, who have largely commended Claudelands for their prompt apology and pro-breastfeeding stance. 

"Great work fronting up to this issue and allowing it to spread some education," one Facebook user commented.

"Well done for taking this stance and supporting women to breastfeed," wrote another.

Claudelands says it will be taking steps to better educate its staff and contractors on the right to breastfeed at any time and place.