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No proof breastfeeding encounter happened: IKEA

An internal investigation at IKEA, into complaints that an employee at an Ottawa store made a derogatory comment to a customer who was breastfeeding, has turned up no proof the encounter ever happened.

Earlier this week Brea Rehder claimed she was breastfeeding in line when an employee at the Pinecrest IKEA store told her she would be served when she "was done being disgusting."

IKEA, a company which says it supports a mother's right to breastfeed openly, apologized to Rehder when they first became aware of the complaint, and launched an internal investigation.

Madeleine Lowenborg-Frick, Corporate Communications & Public Relations Manager at IKEA Canada issued a statement Saturday saying an investigation reveals no proof Rehder was in the store at the time she claimed.

Surveillance footage did reveal Rehder was in the store at a different time, but there is no evidence she was ever breastfeeding her child, or that her infant was with her in the cash lane.

IKEA says, following careful review of security footage and interviews with employees, it is their belief the complaint is false.

Brea Rehder told CTV Ottawa in a Facebook message, "...I have absolutely nothing to gain from falsifying anything. In fact, Ikea sent my son a 'care package', and before it was even sent, I requested it be returned or donated. I never wanted compensation.”

With files from CTV Ottawa's Katie Griffin.

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