Nurse-in planned in response to breastfeeding incident at restaurant

Several Michiana parents are hoping to spread awareness after a mother was asked to leave the table while breastfeeding at a restaurant Sunday.

Audrey Taylor says she and her husband were dining at Tony Sacco's in Granger when her 14-week-old son got hungry. She did what seemed natural and breastfed him at the table.

"I was approached by a female manager and asked to go to the bathroom," Taylor says. "I said, 'No, I won't feed my son in a public restroom.' I said, 'Do you know it's unlawful of you to ask that of me?' She said, 'Yes, I know. It's illegal, but could you do us a favor and go to the bathroom or go outside?'"

Taylor decided to leave the restaurant.

In a statement released Tuesday, Tony Sacco's management said, "We deeply regret a recent incident that occurred in an effort to accommodate guests who felt uncomfortable seeing a mother breastfeeding her child openly. We also regret that the mother felt the need to leave the restaurant."

But, it still has plenty of people fired up, like South Bend mother Kristin DeMeester, who nurses her children.

DeMeester says breastfeeding is a natural process that helps both baby and mom and the Tony Sacco's employee should have never asked Taylor to leave the table.

"I feel like the message that sent is if you're a nursing mother, don't go out in public."

DeMeester says breastfeeding should be embraced because it's good for mom and baby.

Several other families feel the same and hope to spread awareness through a nurse-in at Tony Sacco's at noon on Thursday.

"It''s not really anything against the restaurant," said Mindy Cooper, who organized the event. "It's more just saying peacefully that this is OK to do in public because it's a natural event."

Tony Sacco's says they welcome nursing mothers, who are "welcome to nurse at their tables or may seek assistance in finding an alternate location if preferred."

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