Mum claims she was asked to leave a bowling venue with her baby daughter.

Marion Falla and her three-month-old baby were enjoying a night out with family and friends at Strike Bowling in Melbourne Central on Friday.

But the night ended just half an hour later when the group was asked to leave about 8pm when the venue started serving alcohol, 7 News reported.

The Melbourne mother said she thought the ‘family-friendly’ venue would be a suitable place to have her daughter there.

‘I could’ve taken her to the pub but ironically that would’ve been legal but I thought a less suitable environment to have a three-month-old baby in,’ she said.

‘Clearly there’s no chance a three-month-old would be drinking anything other than milk.’

7 News reported the group were given a full refund and the venue has since invited the mother-of-one and her baby back.

The company’s website says ‘no under 18s are allowed in all Strike Venues (excluding Strike Macquarie) after 8pm’.

A Strike Bowling spokesperson said the policy was designed to ‘offer a protected and safe experience for our guests of all ages’.

However Australian Breastfeeding Association spokesperson, Rebecca Naylor, said we should not be isolating new mums. “It’s hard to get out with a baby and we need women out and about with their friends.”

We should be encouraging families to head out together, not restricting them. What do you think?

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  • that is very discriminating. i wouldn’t spend my money there then. some families do like to stay out later


  • Yes, I agree that we should be encourage families to head out together and not restrict them. Living in Northern Ireland we often went for breakfast/brunch in a hotel on Saturday morning/afternoon when our oldest 2 were little. We often would strike down for hours. They served alcohol as well whilst I was breastfeeding. It was lovely to be able to hang out together.


  • what age should they specify to have the children leave the licensed premises then?


  • It’s not as though you can see anything that could be offended anybody. It looks as though she may be wearing a purpose made top. If that’s the case all you can see is the baby, no breast except maybe where the baby is actually latched on. A friend of mine wears a special top when she goes out in public in case she has to feed her baby. There is an overlap of fabric about 3 – 4in. in old measurement. A lot of restruants do not have suitable hygienic feeding rooms. If word gets around some people (not just families) may go to other locations.


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