I woke up to find the same story of the breastfeeding mother being harassed, this time in another local po-dunk paper. Here’s part of it:
Allison Stanard never intended for a dinner out to turn into a battle over the right to breast-feed in public.
The Hickory woman met a friend at a Lincolnton restaurant last weekend. Both of the women had their three children with them. Stanard’s youngest just 5 weeks old.
Stanard and her girlfriend were regular customers of Mooosse’s Pizza, a restaurant that opened more than two years ago and recently relocated to a larger location alongside North Generals Boulevard.
The women and their children were sitting in the restaurant when Stanard’s baby got fussy. Stanard began breast-feeding her infant as she’s done with her other children in the past.
According to Mooosse’s general manager Larry Turner, that didn’t sit well with other customers in the restaurant.
People at three tables complained, which prompted Turner to go over and speak to Stanard, he said.
According to Stanard, customers at other tables had children who were gawking at the sight of an exposed breast.
“If she was the only table in the dining room, I wouldn’t have said a word,” he said. “I didn’t get mad about it. I just said, ‘Ma’am, I need you to cover up.’”
But Stanard said the incident wasn’t so cut and dry.
She said that Turner rudely asked her to cover up or go to the bathroom to breast-feed — both requests that infringe on her rights.
“A woman may breast-feed 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 breast-feeding,” the North Carolina general statute states.
When Stanard and her friend pulled the statute up on a smart phone and attempted to show it to Turner, she said the restaurant manager was uninterested.
Turner said Stanard and her friend were the ones who raised their voices and made a scene.
Stanard said Turner raised his voice first and made a bad situation worse.
“Everyone started staring at us at that point,” she said. “I was just kind of like in shock.”
The women quickly paid their bill and left the restaurant, vowing never to return.