Napier City Council has taken down a new sign on a public toilet which was thought to be encouraging mums to breastfeed in there.

The sign was posted on social media, with the suggestion it was telling mothers they should breastfeed their kids in the public toilet.

Many hit out at the council, calling the sign "disgraceful".

The council had recently installed a bench and change table. Photo / Supplied via The Hits Facebook
The council had recently installed a bench and change table. Photo / Supplied via The Hits Facebook

But council spokeswoman Robyn McLean said the intention of the sign was not to tell mothers they should be breastfeeding in a toilet.

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She said the council was contacted with a request for a bench and change table in the Dickens Street public toilets, so they put the sign up to show those facilities were now available.

The bench and change table remain, for those still wishing to use the facilities.