A group of Louisiana mothers are planning to stage a “nurse-in” after one breast-feeding woman was kicked out of a restaurant for not covering up while feeding her baby, reports KALB.
"Her whole breast was out, nipple and all," Tammy Birchard, owner of Crossfire Pizzeria in Leesville, Louisiana, told KPLC.
Birchard asked nursing mother Allie Raby to cover up out of consideration for the other customers. When she refused, Birchard asked her to leave.
"Being as I have other customers in here, I need to respect the wishes of everyone concerned,” Birchard told KALB.
Raby told KALB that, while she always thought she would use a cover when breast-feeding, it just isn’t practical or necessary, and “nobody has time for that!”
"You don't see people walking around in Wal-Mart with it wide open, or church, or anything like that," said Birchard, who nursed her three children and explained that there is a time and place for it.
Raby does not believe that uncovered nursing should be restricted, especially in a pizzeria, adding that “we are her customers too, and we just want to feel comfortable as well," reported KPLC.
While Louisiana law permits uncovered breast-feeding in public and private places, Birchard’s restaurant takes a firm stance in the other direction.
“If you breast-feed, you will need to cover up!!!” reads a sign on the restaurant’s door. “If you do not, you will be asked to leave!” Crossfire put the sign up shortly after the incident with Raby.
“It is a discriminatory practice in connection with public accommodations for a person to deny an individual the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages and accommodations of a place of public accommodation, resort or amusement, as defined in this Chapter, on the grounds that the individual is a mother breast-feeding her baby,” states a portion of the Louisiana breast-feeding law, RS 51 §2247.1, reports KPLC.
While Raby does not plan to take legal action against Crossfire Pizzeria, KPLC and KALB report that some members of Raby’s Fort Polk breast-feeding community plan a “nurse-in” on Aug. 1.
Sources: KPLC, KALB / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Modified from Aurimas Mikalauskas/Flickr