Tennessee mom Jennifer Day criticized for breastfeeding at Chick-fil-A: moms stage 'nurse-in'
4:51 PM, Aug 8, 2013
A Tennessee mom is defending her right to breast-feed in public.
Jennifer Day says she was criticized for feeding her child without a cover at a popular fast food restaurant.
Now, she wants to use the public run-in to educate others about the rights of mothers.
Last week, Day took the crew to meet a friend at Chik-Fil-A. They were in the play area. "I was watching her son and my son play on the playground. My infant got hungry, so I fed her."
Baby Kahlyn is 5-months-old and breast-fed, but that became a problem for some at the turkey creek restaurant.
"As I was feeding her, an employee came up to me and told me that some of the other parents were actually afraid of allowing their kids to play in the play area while i was feeding her, especially without any cover."
Mom says its useless because the baby tears it off and argues, she shouldn't have been approached at all.
"Any mother is allowed to breast-feed her child if she's allowed to be in that place otherwise." That is the law in Tennessee.
Mothers can breast-feed in any public or private place they are authorized to be -- and it cannot be considered public indecency.
Local governments cannot prohibit breast-feeding in public and employers have to accommodate breast-feeding mothers at work.
On Tuesday, a Chik-Fil-A spokesperson said the manager at that restaurant has apologized and regrets any offense he may have caused.
Day says her goal is to educate so it doesn't happen again.
"Not trying to get anyone in trouble at all. just understanding that doing this and saying something like that does make mothers in general uncomfortable. it does ostracize us a little bit."