Denny's Sends Breastfeeding Mom to Bathroom: What Do You Think?

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denny's sends breastfeeding mom to the bathroom

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A breastfeeding battle is being waged in Asheville, North Carolina, where Crystal Everitt was breastfeeding in a Denny's restaurant. The manager asked Everitt to cover herself or go to a private place to breastfeed her son.

Everitt was seated while she was breastfeeding, and some patrons sitting near her quickly left the restaurant. One woman who was there for brunch with her husband and son explained, "She was so exposed, my husband and son and I had to turn away. And then we left. On the way out I turned and said to the lady, 'They do have restrooms," and she said to me, 'Yes, you do your business in restrooms.' The woman told  reporters she had nothing against breastfeeding, "I think God gave a woman her body to do that, but you should be discreet about it."

Denny's wanted to serve the woman, but also wanted to serve the other patrons. After Everitt refused to cover up or go to the bathroom, the manager called the Asheville Police to see what the law was. The police said that indecency laws did not apply to breastfeeding, but they could charge the woman with trespassing. Denny's declined to do so.

Forty states have laws specifically allowing women to breastfeed in public. In North Carolina, the law says, "A woman may breastfeed in any public or private location where she is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother's breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding."

Everitt says her legal rights were violated and she is planning a demonstration against Denny's. She believes society should not sexualize breasts especially when they are used for the practical purpose of caring for the young. "It's incidents like these that keep women from breastfeeding for longer than a couple months because of the peer pressure to stay home," says Everitt.

What do you think about this incident? Do you agree with the mom that she should be able to breastfeed anywhere? Or with the Denny's customer that says breastfeeding women should go to the bathroom?

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