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Since several of you have commented or asked questions about the Applebee's thing I figured I would copy the post that I made in [livejournal.com profile] breastfeeding



This weekend I was at an Applebee's in Gulfport, Mississippi. I wasn't familiar with the law regarding breastfeeding in Mississippi (I'm from Louisiana) so I asked the waitress if I could nurse my daughter at the table. She replied that she believed I could but wanted to check with her manager. The manager then approached me and asked me to use the ladies room. Seeing as how I don't like to feed my child where people poop, I opted just to go to the car. Well, when we got home I looked up the law in Mississippi and it states that women can breastfeed in public. Specifically, "A mother may breast-feed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, without respect to whether the mother's breast or any part of it is covered during or incidental to the breast-feeding." So, I want to write a letter to Applebee's and let them know that the manager needs to be better informed of the law. You would think after all the publicity surrounding the nurse-ins of last year they would have educated the managers. Any suggestions on what to include in the letter?

Date: 2008-03-26 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenof911.livejournal.com
I would definatly write them. Maybe say that it disturbed you that you were asked not to breastfeed in the resturant. Who cares if it really didn't but I would have been.

Just say what you said here, that you asked to be considerate and was told that you couldn't and that looking up the law that it says otherwise.

Maybe you would atleast you could get a free meal out of it.

Date: 2008-03-26 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bitchybunny.livejournal.com
Even with a knoweldge of the law he might of said the same thing. The thing is, is if you were breastfeeding discretly I don't think they would've come up to you and told you not to do it.

Our society has so sexualized the breast that they cannot see it for any other purpose then a sexual one.

On my airline I have often seen mothers nursing their children (and I work for a pretty high class airline)
None of my coworkers would ever dare (or at least I hope not as I have never seen it), tell a mother to stop feeding her child.

When I worked at the amusment park I would often see mothers breastfeeding there as well, again no one would tell them to stop.

I know there have been some incidents, but really whatever ones personal feelings are of the issue; I find it extremely tacky and rude to go up to a mother and tell her to stop feeding her child. It should be a miss manners rule or something that it's just something you don't do. I mean it's obvious that the woman is feeding her child.

It's strange that it's such an issue, but our society has many issues when it comes to the human body.

Date: 2008-03-26 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adamant-turtle.livejournal.com
Maybe they thought you were planning to whip out a boob or something, instead of doing it discreetly, and were bothered by that? *shrugs*

But yeah, definitely write a letter...it can't hurt, and will maybe help.

Date: 2008-03-26 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luvlyssa.livejournal.com
I'd write a letter too, if you need help with it im me:) *smooch*
(ugh i'm sorry btw)

Date: 2008-03-26 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] -auntiesocial-.livejournal.com
The Apleebee's corporate office is a local company here in KC. I actually have a parent in my classroom who is a corporate employee. I can ask her who you need to contact.

Date: 2008-03-26 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiffrobyn.livejournal.com
That would be great.

Date: 2008-03-26 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cortneeinc.livejournal.com
People suck. I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would have a problem with a mother nursing her child. It doesn't make sense.

Date: 2008-03-27 06:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sio.livejournal.com
call corporate instead of writing. a call will probly get action taken on it faster.

Date: 2008-03-27 01:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littlebuhnee.livejournal.com
Any suggestions on what to include in the letter?

I'd specifically put in the relevant text of the statute, so that they can also look it up themselves and verify that the manager was wrong in asking you to go to the bathroom.

Date: 2008-03-27 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lisabella.livejournal.com
Since I'm not a parent I have no suggestions. But I definitely think a letter is in order! Telling you to use the bathroom. *shakes head*
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