Breastfeeding Moms Hold Nurse-in at Chick-fil-A

Public breastfeeding is legal, but sometimes people forget


Chick-fil-A wound up in the middle of another controversy earlier this week when a woman was asked to stop breastfeeding in one of the chain's restaurants because the sight of a breast with a baby on it might disturb children in the area. In response, a group of about 20 women staged a "nurse-in" demonstration at the location in an attempt to raise awareness about the fact that it is legal for a woman to breastfeed in public.

"Just as I was finishing up, an employee came up and told me other parents were afraid of letting their children play while I was feeding her, especially without a cover," Jennifer Day said to ABC News. But Tennessee state law says women can breastfeed anywhere they are otherwise allowed to be, so Day and her friend Anna Hurley, a former Chick-fil-A employee, arranged for a group of mothers to come and breastfeed their babies in a big group at the restaurant.

The restaurant was fine with the demonstration, however, and issued a statement saying that the manager who had asked Day to stop breastfeeding had apologized, and that the restaurant would be arranging breastfeeding sensitivity training for its employees.

"It turned out great," said Sherri Hedberg of the East Tennessee Breastfeeding Coalition. "Chick-fil-A was very welcoming and accommodating, and it was kind of like a big party. The customers, for the most part, were fine."


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