Dozens of Michiana mothers and their kids came out to a Granger restaurant Thursday to take part in a "nurse-in."
This all comes after one mom says was asked to leave her table at Tony Sacco's last weekend, while she was breastfeeding.
A local mom came up with the event, but Tony Sacco's hopped right on board encouraging everyone and anyone to come on out.
While some mothers were still upset with what happened to another mom while breastfeeding, the common theme Thursday was the need for more education.
“I wanted to host the event to raise awareness that there were a lot of people that breastfeed that, you know, way more than some people even realize,” says “nurse-in” organizer, Mindy Cooper.
“I think that we need to educate people so that it doesn't happen again, but I also think that not enough moms, especially in this area, are confident enough to go out and breastfeed in public. So, I know myself, I have gotten stares or felt like a glare across the room when I have been nursing in public,” says “nurse-in” participant, Ashley Miller.
“It has been a huge learning experience and it's a good thing because now we know that we have to develop some policies,” says Tony Sacco’s Marketing Director, Cindy Kangas, “…and we have learned that maybe instead of dealing with the nursing parent we should have really just addressed the person that had the complaint, and maybe offer to move them, or just share with them our cooperate policy or maybe even just offer them a free appetizer or something else, and let them know that we are trying to make everyone comfortable especially families and a lot of times families include nursing moms”.
But the question is, can Tony Sacco's come back from this?
“I think they can. I mean, at first I was a person to say I am not going there again, but I think this “nurse-in” is going to educate everybody including the management here,” adds Miller.
Tony Sacco's also reached out to a group known as La Leche, which is an organization that helps educate and promote breastfeeding just to get even more information on the issue.
On top of the changes from within Tony Sacco's, you also can see the change right on their doors.
They have a sign up that says “Breastfeeding Welcome Here”.