A breast-feeding Georgia mom said she’s angry that a Chick-fil-A manager asked her to “cover up” in the restaurant — and her story has since gone viral, even sparking a “nurse-in” protest there this week.
Samantha Dawn McIntosh was nursing her 7-month-old daughter at an Evans branch of the fast food joint Monday when a manager approached and handed her a jacket, she shared on Facebook.
The worker told McIntosh someone complained and “would prefer” that she cover up because of the other children eating there, she wrote.
“So I quickly unlatch and tell the manager I will finish feeding her later,” she wrote. “But as I sit there in this family friendly restaurant I start to simmer. I’ll admit it. I got angry.”
She said her 9-year-old niece, who was sitting next to her, started asking questions.
“Why would someone ask me to cover up?” McIntosh wrote. “Why would a baby eating in any way offend someone to the point where it takes a manager approaching me about the situation?!”
Ultimately, McIntosh decided to leave the restaurant.
“So I quickly packed the kids and left, all while trying to explain to my niece that I wasn’t doing anything wrong by nursing and that some people don’t see it for what it is (feeding a hungry baby),” she shared. “Needless to say I am extremely disappointed in the way Chick-fil-A management handled the situation.”
Meanwhile, McIntosh’s post took off, racking up thousands of likes, shares and comments — especially among maternal groups and supporters of breastfeeding.
One supporter, Jessica Gagush, helped set up a nurse-in protest at the eatery Tuesday evening.
“We need to normalize breastfeeding and make sure that people are as comfortable as possible with moms feeding their kids however they decide,” she told The Augusta Chronicle.
Many of the attendees dined in as their babies latched on and enjoyed a meal of their own, CBS 46 reported.
“They pride themselves on their Christian beliefs and their family values,” one of the protesters, Ashley Raskin, told the station of Chik-fil-A. “Clearly some people disagree with publicly breastfeeding. With the way society is today, it’s ridiculous because you see people with summer clothes, which is fine, but I can’t sit here and discreetly breastfeed without making someone uncomfortable.”
In a statement issued to WRDW Tuesday, restaurant owner-operator Jason Adams apologized for what happened.
“I am truly sorry for the experience Ms. McIntosh had in our restaurant yesterday,” Adams said. “I have reached out to her to personally apologize. My goal is to provide a warm and welcoming environment for all of our guests.”
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