Battle over breastfeeding at Treasure Coast bowling alley

Mom upset after incident in Port St. Lucie

PORT ST.LUCIE, Fla. - A Treasure Coast mother is on a mission after she says she was asked to quote "cover up" while breastfeeding at a bowling alley.

Annmarie Brusca of Port St. Lucie  said she was not breaking any rules when she nursed her baby girl at St. Lucie Lanes on Thursday afternoon. 5-month-old Chloe is the little baby at the center of a battle over breastfeeding at the bowling alley.

"My daughter became hungry so I nursed her," said Brusca, who has no regrets about that decision to nurse her daughter inside the bowling alley on U.S. 1 in Port St. Lucie. "I've breastfed at the DMV in line. I've breastfed at restaurants. I've breastfed everywhere," she said.

But breastfeeding at the bowling alley did not work out too well for her. Brusca said the owner of the establishment approached with a white linen towel and told her to quote "cover up."

"I couldn't even say anything at that point because I was just so upset," said Brusca.

Florida law allows women to breastfeed in public with or without a cover.

Reached by telephone, St. Lucie Lanes' owner Christine Vitolo said that she welcomes nursing moms at her business. Vitolo said she saw Brusca with little Chloe on one breast - and nothing on the other. Two customer complaints later, Vitolo said, is when she kindly offered Brusca that towel.

"I saw nothing improper about feeding my child in a family place," said Brusca, who insists that both of her breast were not exposed. "If my child is hungry, my child is hungry regardless of where I am."

The owner of the bowling alley says that Brusca and baby are welcome back anytime.
 

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