Women should cover up when breastfeeding because young children may not know what that is.
That is what the regional manager for a Denny's resturaunt said in response to a story where a mom was asked to either cover up or leave a Missouri Denny's resturaunt.
A 24-year-old mother said she is considering doing something about the way she said she was treated while trying to nurse her baby at a Missouri restaurant.
Tiffany Morgan said she went to the Denny's in Sedalia Wednesday to have lunch with her family. She said when she tried to breastfeed her 6-month-old daughter, the manager told her to stop, even though there had been no complaints.
"They told me I either had to cover up or stop," Morgan said. "I said, 'Well, I don't have a cover with me, and I'm not going to stop feeding her."
She said her husband and 2 ½ year old son were also having lunch with her. They decided to walk out of the restaurant.
"I cried when we got outside," Morgan said. "I was embarrassed. I felt like I had been attacked."
She said it was especially troubling because when she entered the restaurant, she told employees what she planned to do.
"I mentioned to the waitress when we walked in that I was going to be feeding her. She asked if I needed a high chair. I said, 'No. I breastfeed and I'll be feeding her breast milk," and she said, 'Oh. OK,'" Morgan said.
She said she also pulled out a card that referred to Missouri's breastfeeding statute that allows a mother to breastfeed with as much discretion as possible in any public or private location.
"I wasn't being indecent," she said. "I wasn't trying to flash anybody, by no means. I was just trying to give my daughter what she needed."
Morgan said she might even return to the Denny's restaurant with other moms for a protest, calling it a nurse-in.
"It's a way for breastfeeding moms to stand up and say, 'You know, we have rights too,'" Morgan said. "Basically, you get a bunch of breastfeeding moms together and you go there and you nurse."
Morgan said she has spoken to a lawyer and is weighing her options. She said it's not just an issue for her, but one that affects the lives of many families.
A Denny's regional manager issued a response late Thursday. It said, 'We have women breastfeeding in our restaurants most every day, including the Sedalia restaurant. Our policy is that we would hope women could be as discreet as possible because we are family restaurant and often have young kids who may not understand what breastfeeding is. We want to try to accommodate everyone."