Jennifer Day criticized for breast-feeding inside Chick-fil-A

3:24 PM, Aug 7, 2013   |    comments
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By Jennifer Meckles

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WBIR) - A Tennessee mom is defending her right to breast-feed in public. She 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.

Jennifer Day's little people keep her arms full. Last week, she took the crew to meet a friend at Chick-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," said Day.

Baby Kahlyn is 5-months-old and is 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," said Day.

Mom says it's useless because baby tears it off and argues she shouldn't have been approached at all.

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 Chick-fil-A spokesperson said the manager at that restaurant "...has apologized and regrets any offense he may have caused."

Plenty of people have an opinion about breast-feeding in public.

"Its fine with me, I mean I don't have any issue with it," said one public breast-feeding supporter.

"I don't think you should do it in public. At all. I think it's something you should do at home, or when everyone's not looking," said one person who is against public breast-feeding.

"I breast fed, but I felt it was easier for myself if I was covered up. I think it's also more acceptable if you're covered up," said another public breast-feeding supporter.

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," said Day.


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