Mom criticized for breastfeeding at Tennessee restaurant

Mom criticized for breastfeeding at Tennessee restaurant (Image 1)
Mom criticized for breastfeeding at Tennessee restaurant (Image 1)

A mom at a Knoxville Chick-fil-A was criticized last week for breastfeeding her five-month-old daughter in the restaurant's play area.

Jennifer Day was not using a cover and an employee approached her after several customers complained.

“An employee came up to me and told me some of the other parents were afraid of allowing their kids to play in the play area while I was feeding her, especially without any cover,” she told Knoxville TV station WBIR.

Day said she did not use a cover because her daughter does not like it and would've ripped it off.

Under Tennessee law, “A mother may breastfeed in any public or private place she is authorized to be.  Breastfeeding shall not be considered public indecency or nudity, obscene, or sexual conduct and local governments shall not prohibit breastfeeding in public by local ordinance.”

On Tuesday, a Chick-fil-A spokesperson said the manager at that restaurant “…has apologized and regrets any offense he may have caused.”

According to WBIR, several of Day's friends are planning a “nurse in” in response to what happened.  Similar to a sit in, they plan to revisit the Chick-fil-A as a group on Wednesday evening and nurse their infants together.

*WBIR-TV contributed to this report.

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