Saturday

In support of ALL those breastfeeding mommas!!!!

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; September 1, 2007 - PUBLIC PROTESTS APPLEBEE'S RESTAURANTS NATIONWIDE

Breastfeeding supporters will gather on Saturday, September 8, 2007, at 12:00pm at Applebee's Restaurants across the country to protest the treatment of Brooke Ryan and her 7 month old child. Allegedly, on June 14th, while Ms. Ryan was breastfeeding her baby discreetly in a corner booth during an anniversary dinner with her family, an Applebee's Manager asked her to cover her baby with a blanket. Ms. Ryan responded by citing the Kentucky law that states that "no person shall interfere with a woman breastfeeding her child". Ms. Ryan then produced a copy of the statute that she had received from the Kentucky Health Department, an organization that encourages women to keep a copy with them for situations such as the one she was experiencing. The manager, after reviewing a copy of the statute continued to insist that she had to "cover the baby with a blanket" if she wanted to breastfeed there, and that nursing her
child was "indecent". The family left the restaurant before being served their meal, Ms. Ryan and baby in tears. Shortly following the incident, Ms. Ryan retained the services of a lawyer who contacted Thomas and King, the company that owns and operates the Lexington Applebee's location. Nearly 2 months later, the company responded with a letter stating "we are considering
keeping blankets in the restaurants for use by breastfeeding mothers that may not have them readily available," with the intent that mothers will be forced to put them over their babies.
Breastfeeding supporters have decided to conduct a public protest at the store location, as well as locations nationwide. It will occur on Saturday, September 8, 2007, at noon. When Senator Tom Buford, (Rep., KY), who spearheaded the passage of the Kentucky public breastfeeding law was told of the planned protest at the store in Lexington, KY, he said, "Let me know the date and I will come by and support you", and also made a suggestion of an appropriate sign for the event: "small children are not allowed to eat in this restaurant." Even though there is a patchwork of strong and weak state laws aimed at protecting a woman's right to nurse her baby, the mistreatment Ms.
Ryan encountered is far too common. Most women who nurse their babies will at some time be forced to feel the shameful sting of discrimination. Usually this burden is carried by a woman in secrecy, due to fear of further anguish to her family. Some women choose to bring their stories to the public in an effort to educate and bring about a positive change. Earlier this year, a Pennsylvania woman was threatened with arrest if she did not stop breastfeeding her child at
her local mall. Last November, a mother in Vermont was kicked off of a Delta flight for not covering up while breastfeeding her child. The Delta incident resulted in over 800 participants protesting the
discrimination by conducting "nurse-ins" at Delta counters in over 40 cities across the US.
"Because most public breastfeeding laws do not provide a clear remedy for women who are harassed or discriminated against," said Salem Hamilton, Executive Director of Birth Without Boundaries, International, "we are asking for breastfeeding supporters across the country to encourage their legislators to add enforcement provisions to their state's laws that would provide the protection women and babies need". On Friday, August 31, 2007, the official corporate response as given by Mr. Alex Bressette, Applebee's corporate office's International
Guest Relations Manager, is as follows: "Applebee's strives to provide a comfortable and enjoyable environment for all our guests. Our policies regarding breastfeeding are consistent with the laws of the states in which we operate." In the spirit of the existing diversity and inclusion policy
published by Applebee's Restaurants, Birth Without Boundaries, Intl. is asking the corporation to adopt and implement an official breastfeeding friendly policy. As a breastfeeding mother, Ms. Ryan is doing the best for her child by giving him the optimum nutrition possible. According to UNICEF, if infants worldwide were fed only mother's milk for their first six months, at least 1.3 million lives a year would be saved. The September 8, 2007 event is sponsored by Birth Without Boundaries,
International; a Pennsylvania based non profit organization committed to eliminating restrictions placed on birthing mothers and their babies.

Inquiries may be directed to Salem Hamilton, 717.379.8804, or to

birthwithoutboundaries.com


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On a side note while posting this my CAVEMAN Husband tried to be as chauvinistic as he could,,,,,while telling me GOOD she should have went to the bathroom. Then I explain that I would not want to take my daughter OR SON to have to EAT in the nasty germ infested bathroom. AHHHHHHH jerk! I was gonna say that I had a WONDERFUL date night with my dear hubby till he went and jumped into the DOG HOUSE!!!! We went to go see Licensed to Wed with Robin Williams which was great and then off to the Mexican restaurant...mmmmm yummy!



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3 comments:

  • Jessie said...
     

    Doesn't this just make you so angry! She was in a discreet spot in the restaurant as it was - I can't belive that so far they came back with "we will provide blankets" - WHAT??? What year is is???

  • Wendy said...
     

    AWW!! That makes me so sad for that Mom! I am so glad that she is doing something about it! I once had a man in the mall tell me to nurse Lani in the bathroom. I told him to take his lunch in the bathroom and eat in then maybe I would consider feeding Lani in there! He just sneered and walked away! LOSER!!! That was the only time I ever had anyone say anything to me!

    I am sure they would love seeing my nurse Lani now:) Especially when she yells "bobbies momeeeeee":)

  • Stam House said...
     

    This post i making me so MAD, how rude! When adult and children eatr out are they ask to eat with a blanket over their head!
    But think about it, how silly we would look (mental picture~lol)

    I'm sure if she had have the baby on a bottle she wouldn't have needed to put a blanket HOoo! I just stop thinking about it! MAD !!!!