Restaurant Calls Cops on Mom Who Refuses to Breastfeed in Bathroom (VIDEO)

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Breastfeeding MomA breastfeeding mom in Georgia is furious at chain restaurant Applebee's after she says a manager told her that she could either stop feeding her 20-month-old son or she could go into the bathroom to do so. The altercation became ugly and both sides called the police.

In fact, Dawn Holland was in the right. Georgia has laws which allow mothers to nurse anywhere, so the officer who responded to the call didn't even file an incident report. Good on him. But bad, bad, bad on the manager. Seriously, what is the problem with a nursing mom needing to feed her child? And why on Earth do people still think breastfeeding in the bathroom is normal?

One of the first rules of living in the animal kingdom is don't poop where you eat. Duh.

These stories just get more and more ridiculous. It's just a BOOB, people. Look away if it bothers you so much.

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A restaurant like Applebee's that bills itself as good for families ought to be better acquainted with the state breastfeeding laws. If a breast is really so offensive, then maybe the law would be different. Diners who don't want to see a baby eating could ask to be moved. Or THEY could take their meal in the bathroom? How about that?

Oh wait. No one would even consider asking an adult to eat in the restroom. So why should a baby?

I have been a nursing mom and I can say that sitting on a toilet in a lonely public restroom was depressing. Sitting at my table, under a nursing cover, holding my baby, and talking to my husband was a much more pleasant experience for everyone. Sure, I had a cover. But not all moms can use one. And that's OK, too.

Babies need to eat. And boobs are where they get their food. The next time you find yourself in a chain restaurant thinking about ways to hurt new mothers or offended by the suggestion that we are, indeed, mammals who suckle our young, I have an idea. Take your chicken quesadillas and go to the bathroom. Shut the stall door.

Now you can't see anyone!

Have you ever fed your baby in the bathroom?




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jrphelps jrphelps

I would NEVER feed my baby in the bathroom.  Luckily for me I never got any negative feed back from anyone while NIP because like this lady, I would have become so upset that the cops would have to be called in too.  I actually got a lot of positive feed back from others. 

tyrel... tyrelsmom

I would never eat in the bathroom, and I wouldn't expect my baby to, either.

nonmember avatar jennifer

you know what,a majority of these women are NOT discreet. their right, they need to flaunt it. Why should I or my family be subjected to someone else's boob at dinner?? I breastfed, so don't think I'm some prude. I am sick of these women just whipping them out wherever because it's "their right". Sick.Of.IT. And that's not a BABY - that's a 2yo. you can't tell me she HAS to feed him at the table.

bills... billsfan1104

I wonder what the whole story was and what she did to get the cops called on her. There is away to respectfully tell the manager the law and its another.thing to make a scene

Andi Dodd

Normally I'd agree that this is rediculous, but this is not a 2 month old baby we're talking about... The kid is almost 2.  My daughter was not drinking out of a bottle at 20 months old, she was eating what ever I was eating.  To each their own I guess, but if it were me; I'd have pumped and put it in a sippy cup.  I dont believe that if a child is too old for a bottle, that they should still be drinking directly from the breast either... but that's just my opinion. 

jalaz77 jalaz77

I agree with the majority of the posters here. As if this kid doesn't drink out of a sippy cup, he didn't have to nurse?! There has to be more to the story. I did BF in public a few times out of the 3 kids I have and I was discreet...never even knew I had rights to or not. I did BF in a bathroom and will never again. Some lady, as she should, took a stinky dump. It was so gross I was dry heaving and said eff this!!

Rebec... Rebecca7708

Let meme start by saying that I breastfed my oldest boy until he was two. When he was an infant and until he was old enough for solid foods, I nursed wherever and whenever he needed. After that, I usually waited until we were home or in a more discreet location. I would NEVER feed my child in a bathroom.

jrphelps jrphelps

The fact of the matter is she was with in her legal rights to BF her son with in a public place.  No matter what the childs age.  So if you are sick of seeing, you need to turn your cheek.  If you are so concerned about your child seeing it & asking questions (because I have heard that as being someones major concern), you better explain it to them.

Dana Rombach Hoffman

Women need to put a blanket over themselves. I am there to eat, not to see a woman whip out her boob! I'm sick of these women saying it's 'their right'. Have some cooth!! COVER YOURSELF UP!
Mother of 5

Jorie Thomas

I am so sick and tired of these women getting in trouble for nursing/pumping! Are the businesses asking to be sued??? It is a woman's right to nurse and I am not aware of every state's laws but in CA we are a pro-breastfeeding state and a business who threatened a woman in any way for nursing would be sued so fast their head would spin and the woman would win! There needs to be new laws in place that protect nursing moms from people like this and like that other story where the boss wouldn't allow the waitress to pump. There needs to be automatic repercussions for this just like hate crimes and sexua harassment.

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