A mom who was thrown out of Woody's Bar & Grill restaurant in Chesapeake, Virginia while breastfeeding and sitting in front of a shot of alcohol and beer is fighting back.
“Crystal,” who says she was enjoying a Labor Day meal with family at the establishment, took to Facebook after the incident and called Big Woody’s a business that is “unfriendly to breastfeeding moms,” reports News Channel 3. She says she was kicked out because her breast was bare as she was feeding her 11-month-old baby, reports CBS 6.
“The treatment was wrong,” Crystal said.
But Big Woody’s co-owner Jeff Leroy says his manager spotted the mom drinking and made the call to turn her away because she was consuming alcohol while nursing. He said it’s not “easy” to talk to a breastfeeding mom about such behavior, but that the manager did what he felt was right.
Crystal doesn’t deny ordering drinks, but says she was only planning to consume them after she was finished breastfeeding. She says she is a chemist and has researched how much alcohol a nursing woman can consume before it has any affect on the baby.
“I had a huge water I was downing,” she said. “I had a beer and a shot of Fireball in front of me but that was for after I was done. And I had one sip of beer and I’m not planning on the rest until after I’m done nursing.”
The way she was treated has divided Facebook users, many of whom are focusing on a mother’s right to breastfeed in a public place.
Crystal, who says she is planning to organize a “nurse-in,” says there is no law that says she can’t breastfeed and drink and that the manager was wrong for refusing them service because a few patrons complained about her behavior.
Leroy and his partner are adamant about the fact that they don’t have an issue with women breastfeeding in their restaurant.
“I would like to see this be turned around and end up being positive,” he said. “We’re willing to sit down and talking with them and see if we can turn this around and see if we can make something positive – on educating people on how to breastfeed in public.”
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