It was a family lunch that ended sooner than expected.
Audrey Taylor tells WNDU that she was asked to leave the table at Tony Sacco's Sunday while she was breastfeeding.
It's a pizza place Audrey, her husband, Jason, and their 14-week-old baby boy, Jack, have been to numerous times.
But, this time, it was family lunch gone completely wrong.
“My husband and I were sitting down and we just ordered our food and I was nursing Jack and I was approached by a female manager and asked to go to the bathroom and I said, ‘No, I won't feed my son in a public restroom,’ and I said, ‘Do you know its unlawful of you to ask that of me?,’ and she said, ‘Yes, I know,'” Taylor says.
Audrey says when given the ultimatum to breastfeed in the bathroom or go outside the restaurant to breastfeed, she and her husband decided to leave.
According to the Indiana State Code, Audrey didn’t have to.
It says, “Notwithstanding any other law, a woman may breastfeed her child anywhere the woman has a right to be.”
The law is the same in Michigan.
“I was really just mortified and embarrassed. I was shocked that I was asked to leave for doing something that was natural.” Taylor continues, “And, when I am in public I do try to be respectful and mindful of other people. I wear two shirts so one can be pulled down and one can be pulled up so a minimum amount is exposed.”
Audrey says another manager, the general manager, came out to apologize and said the situation was handled completely wrong.
We reached out to him and he declined to comment.
“I definitely think more should have been done to make us more comfortable and to kind of rectify the situation. I just want people to be more accepting and know it’s a woman’s right and it’s their babies right to have what’s best for them,” Taylor says.
Audrey and her husband say they do not want to hurt Tony Sacco’s business and that it was a good place to eat.
They say they will no longer be dinning at Tony Sacco's anymore because of the way they were treated.
The management at Tony Sacco's Granger location issued the following statement Tuesday:
"Since opening the Tony Sacco’s in Granger, we have enjoyed the patronage of many families. Breastfeeding has been a regular occurrence in our restaurant. 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. We did not intend for her to leave nor did we ask her to leave. As a general rule and guiding principle, Tony Sacco’s strives to provide a welcoming, family-friendly establishment that provides a relaxing and enjoyable eating experience to all customers – including nursing mothers, who are welcome to nurse at their tables or may seek assistance in finding an alternate location if preferred. That being said, we hope to make everyone feel comfortable, including those with children at the restaurant. Thus, we encourage discretion to be used when nursing and appreciate it when customers respect that."