An Ohio woman says she was told to leave a Pizza Hut by an employee for breast-feeding her baby in the restaurant.
Page Martin, 22, was having dinner with her husband and their 3-month-old son at a Pizza Hut in Wauseon, Ohio, when he began to cry. Martin knew her baby was hungry, so she began breast-feeding him at the table.
An employee then approached the breast-feeding mother.
"I was approached by an employee there who asked me if I could cover myself up with a blanket and I said 'no it's my right because he won't eat with a blanket over his head,'” Martin told WTOL.
The employee requested she move to less busy area of the restaurant for the sake of other parents “who don't want to expose their children to that.”
The mother told the employee that it was her legal right to breast-feed her child and refused to move.
“That's when she said 'well I'll have to ask you to leave,'” Martin recalled.
Now the mother is demanding an apology from Pizza Hut for what happened.
“Stick up for yourself, stick up for your rights. I'm not just doing this for myself I'm doing this for all breast-feeding mothers,” Martin said.
"Breast-feeding is a constant emotional uphill battle. You are your child's bottle that's a lot to ask because babies do nurse a lot. I think people need to be a little bit more compassionate about that and if you don't like what you're seeing your more than welcome to look away," Martin told WHSV.
Pizza Hut’s corporate office apologized for the incident: "Pizza Hut fully supports state law regarding a mother's right to breast-feed in our restaurants. While this customer was not asked to leave the restaurant, but rather offered another table with greater privacy, we deeply apologize that this situation in anyway upset her or if she felt mistreated. We will take this as an opportunity to further train our employees.”
Ohio law states that restaurants cannot discriminate against women breast-feeding in public, though there is no legal consequence if a restaurant does so.