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My experience at Olive Garden

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Last Saturday my SO and I went to Olive Garden with our 7 month old son to celebrate our friend's sisters' birthday.

We got there and all of use sat down.

About 1/2 into it my son started getting hungry.

I went out to a waitress and said that I need to breastfeed is there a place where i can?

She said maybe the bathroom.

I just looked at her blankly.

She said that she would go get a manager.

A nice hostess came out instead and I explained to her if there was a place where i could breastfeed my son.

There was an empty table in the corner and I sat in the corner to breastfeed.

Being a Saturday evening, Olive Garden was so busy that the waiting time was 45 minutes. But that hostess seem to have understood and seem to have related because she said to my son, enjoy your food.

So she made the other customers wait to be seated so i could take 20 minutes to feed my son.

I thought that was very thoughtful of her to do and I've never experienced anything wonderful like that before.

When i was done i let her know so she could sit the other customers.

I thanked her and told her how much i appreciate what she did for us.

she said no problem.

maybe i should have tipped her?

maybe i should do something else to show her that i appreciate her?

but i don't know her name.

or maybe i should just appreciate it and let it go?

what would you have done to show that you appreciated what she did?


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by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 12:16 PM
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Jujubee12
by Bronze Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Wow thats wonderful. I would have tipped her. hosteses get crap tips if any at all cause they often just get a buck or two per server. That was really kind of her and im glad you had a good experience! 

Kimbyann
by Bronze Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM
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I agree 100%.


Quoting Plus-size-mommy:

Why didn't you just nurse at the table you were at? No offense but the waiting time was already 45 minutes, as a customer I would have been pretty irritated if my family was kept waiting even longer because someone didn't just nurse at their table. That was great of the waitress but really wasn't fair to the other customers, I'm sure they had hungry kids too. Again I'm not trying to be a bitch, just stating my opinion.

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mamabens
by Miranda on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I breastfed with no cover for 2 yrs without exposing my breasts at all & I'm a DDD while nursing. ( & now of many many who do the same.)I've seen more boob at the mall or beach than when nursing.  So  I still don't understand. lol

Quoting vinalex0581:

i get what you are saying but you know not everyone looks at it that way.

when you bottle feed, you don't have your breasts exposed.


Quoting mamabens:

I have to ask this & I know it will come off as smart assed but please know it's not intended that way at all. Would you have been afraid to bottle feed in front of them?? Breastfeeding is NO different, it's just feeding. I always think of it that way, If I'll bottle feed in front of someone I'll breastfeed in front of them.

Quoting vinalex0581:

because i am afraid of what others might think if i were to have breastfed in front of them.

they weren't family.  they were my friends family.

if they were my family i would have done it right there.

Quoting gdiamante:


Quoting vinalex0581:

Last Saturday my SO and I went to Olive Garden with our 7 month old son to celebrate our friend's sisters' birthday.

We got there and all of use sat down.

About 1/2 into it my son started getting hungry.

I went out to a waitress and said that I need to breastfeed is there a place where i can?

Why not nurse right where you were? Most of us would have done precisely that.

She said maybe the bathroom.

I just looked at her blankly.

Good for you.

She said that she would go get a manager.

A nice hostess came out instead and I explained to her if there was a place where i could breastfeed my son.

There was an empty table in the corner and I sat in the corner to breastfeed.

Being a Saturday evening, Olive Garden was so busy that the waiting time was 45 minutes. But that hostess seem to have understood and seem to have related because she said to my son, enjoy your food.

So she made the other customers wait to be seated so i could take 20 minutes to feed my son.

I thought that was very thoughtful of her to do and I've never experienced anything wonderful like that before.

When i was done i let her know so she could sit the other customers.

I thanked her and told her how much i appreciate what she did for us.

she said no problem.

maybe i should have tipped her?

maybe i should do something else to show her that i appreciate her?

but i don't know her name.

or maybe i should just appreciate it and let it go?

what would you have done to show that you appreciated what she did?

I'd have done precisely what you did. You were fine. You can send a note to the restaurant if you want. Good on you for not letting yourself be shunted to a bathroom and good on her for accomodating you!

I wouldn't have bothered asking for a separate place, though. I'd have nursed at the table with the family. Did it many times, in fact. Even when eating with chopsticks!






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K8wizzo
by Kate on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:16 PM
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Agreed, though I'm now at 3 years of breastfeeding uncovered.  Covers are like big flashing neon signs that say "Hey, I've got a boob out over here."  When nursing using the 2-shirt method, I can't even count how many times people asked me if they could hold my sleeping baby when they were standing only 2 ft away from me, not even realizing that he was nursing.  My dad actually took pictures of Nathan "sleeping" and didn't know that he was nursing and he was actually up close when he took the pics.  I told him after the fact and he just laughed. :)

Quoting mamabens:

I breastfed with no cover for 2 yrs without exposing my breasts at all & I'm a DDD while nursing. ( & now of many many who do the same.)I've seen more boob at the mall or beach than when nursing.  So  I still don't understand. lol

Quoting vinalex0581:

i get what you are saying but you know not everyone looks at it that way.

when you bottle feed, you don't have your breasts exposed.


Quoting mamabens:

I have to ask this & I know it will come off as smart assed but please know it's not intended that way at all. Would you have been afraid to bottle feed in front of them?? Breastfeeding is NO different, it's just feeding. I always think of it that way, If I'll bottle feed in front of someone I'll breastfeed in front of them.

Quoting vinalex0581:

because i am afraid of what others might think if i were to have breastfed in front of them.

they weren't family.  they were my friends family.

if they were my family i would have done it right there.

Quoting gdiamante:


Quoting vinalex0581:

Last Saturday my SO and I went to Olive Garden with our 7 month old son to celebrate our friend's sisters' birthday.

We got there and all of use sat down.

About 1/2 into it my son started getting hungry.

I went out to a waitress and said that I need to breastfeed is there a place where i can?

Why not nurse right where you were? Most of us would have done precisely that.

She said maybe the bathroom.

I just looked at her blankly.

Good for you.

She said that she would go get a manager.

A nice hostess came out instead and I explained to her if there was a place where i could breastfeed my son.

There was an empty table in the corner and I sat in the corner to breastfeed.

Being a Saturday evening, Olive Garden was so busy that the waiting time was 45 minutes. But that hostess seem to have understood and seem to have related because she said to my son, enjoy your food.

So she made the other customers wait to be seated so i could take 20 minutes to feed my son.

I thought that was very thoughtful of her to do and I've never experienced anything wonderful like that before.

When i was done i let her know so she could sit the other customers.

I thanked her and told her how much i appreciate what she did for us.

she said no problem.

maybe i should have tipped her?

maybe i should do something else to show her that i appreciate her?

but i don't know her name.

or maybe i should just appreciate it and let it go?

what would you have done to show that you appreciated what she did?

I'd have done precisely what you did. You were fine. You can send a note to the restaurant if you want. Good on you for not letting yourself be shunted to a bathroom and good on her for accomodating you!

I wouldn't have bothered asking for a separate place, though. I'd have nursed at the table with the family. Did it many times, in fact. Even when eating with chopsticks!







aehanrahan
by Group Mod - Amy on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:24 PM
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None of the ones that I've been to have had that.

Quoting o0laurie.love0o:

Just to add.. I've been in Olive Gardens that have a lounge area in the ladies room, separate from the sinks and toilets. Maybe there was an area like that that the waitress was referring to. 

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mylilprincesses
by Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:24 PM
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Do you have a nursing cover? I would have been weirded out just sitting in the corner if the room than cared what my sisters friends thought .. if you covered up.. I am sure it probably wouldn't have made them uncomfortable or that they would have even noticed.
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vinalex0581
by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:46 PM

i am an only child.

it was my friend and her family.  we were all celebrating her sisters birthday.

yes, i use a  nursing cover

Quoting mylilprincesses:

Do you have a nursing cover? I would have been weirded out just sitting in the corner if the room than cared what my sisters friends thought .. if you covered up.. I am sure it probably wouldn't have made them uncomfortable or that they would have even noticed.


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vinalex0581
by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:47 PM

what's the 2 shirt method?

Quoting K8wizzo:

Agreed, though I'm now at 3 years of breastfeeding uncovered.  Covers are like big flashing neon signs that say "Hey, I've got a boob out over here."  When nursing using the 2-shirt method, I can't even count how many times people asked me if they could hold my sleeping baby when they were standing only 2 ft away from me, not even realizing that he was nursing.  My dad actually took pictures of Nathan "sleeping" and didn't know that he was nursing and he was actually up close when he took the pics.  I told him after the fact and he just laughed. :)

Quoting mamabens:

I breastfed with no cover for 2 yrs without exposing my breasts at all & I'm a DDD while nursing. ( & now of many many who do the same.)I've seen more boob at the mall or beach than when nursing.  So  I still don't understand. lol

Quoting vinalex0581:

i get what you are saying but you know not everyone looks at it that way.

when you bottle feed, you don't have your breasts exposed.


Quoting mamabens:

I have to ask this & I know it will come off as smart assed but please know it's not intended that way at all. Would you have been afraid to bottle feed in front of them?? Breastfeeding is NO different, it's just feeding. I always think of it that way, If I'll bottle feed in front of someone I'll breastfeed in front of them.

Quoting vinalex0581:

because i am afraid of what others might think if i were to have breastfed in front of them.

they weren't family.  they were my friends family.

if they were my family i would have done it right there.

Quoting gdiamante:


Quoting vinalex0581:

Last Saturday my SO and I went to Olive Garden with our 7 month old son to celebrate our friend's sisters' birthday.

We got there and all of use sat down.

About 1/2 into it my son started getting hungry.

I went out to a waitress and said that I need to breastfeed is there a place where i can?

Why not nurse right where you were? Most of us would have done precisely that.

She said maybe the bathroom.

I just looked at her blankly.

Good for you.

She said that she would go get a manager.

A nice hostess came out instead and I explained to her if there was a place where i could breastfeed my son.

There was an empty table in the corner and I sat in the corner to breastfeed.

Being a Saturday evening, Olive Garden was so busy that the waiting time was 45 minutes. But that hostess seem to have understood and seem to have related because she said to my son, enjoy your food.

So she made the other customers wait to be seated so i could take 20 minutes to feed my son.

I thought that was very thoughtful of her to do and I've never experienced anything wonderful like that before.

When i was done i let her know so she could sit the other customers.

I thanked her and told her how much i appreciate what she did for us.

she said no problem.

maybe i should have tipped her?

maybe i should do something else to show her that i appreciate her?

but i don't know her name.

or maybe i should just appreciate it and let it go?

what would you have done to show that you appreciated what she did?

I'd have done precisely what you did. You were fine. You can send a note to the restaurant if you want. Good on you for not letting yourself be shunted to a bathroom and good on her for accomodating you!

I wouldn't have bothered asking for a separate place, though. I'd have nursed at the table with the family. Did it many times, in fact. Even when eating with chopsticks!








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Chelsey191
by Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:53 PM
Why would you switch tables? Just do it right there.
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mylilprincesses
by Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 5:09 PM
Oh! I read.it wrong then ...

Quoting vinalex0581:

i am an only child.

it was my friend and her family.  we were all celebrating her sisters birthday.

yes, i use a  nursing cover

Quoting mylilprincesses:

Do you have a nursing cover? I would have been weirded out just sitting in the corner if the room than cared what my sisters friends thought .. if you covered up.. I am sure it probably wouldn't have made them uncomfortable or that they would have even noticed.


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