Does Breastfeeding Law Need Penalties?

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A Richmond woman who says she was disturbed while breastfeeding at a fast food restaurant says she is hoping the incident will encourage more businesses to pay attention to the state law.

Jessica Denny tells 27 News First a manager at a Berea McDonald's asked her to cover up while she was breastfeeding and asked her to leave.

Police then asked her to leave the property, because McDonald's had asked her to leave,which made it a trespassing issue.

Since then the McDonald's has issued an apology.

Kentucky law says you are not allowed to disturb someone while breastfeeding.

Senator Tom Buford of Nicholasville, who pushed for the law, says it may need an update.

"If we have to, if we need to put penalties in the law, that will be a subject of the 2008 General Assembly. I know some women in the General Assembly feel strongly about this and I'd be glad to carry the bill or if they'd like to...either way", says Senator Tom Buford.

Jessica Denny tells us she hasn't filed a lawsuit at this time because her main goal is to get people to understand Kentucky's law and become comfortable with breastfeeding.


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  • by what?! Location: corbin ky on Aug 11, 2008 at 06:57 PM
    why in the WORLD are people so concerned that some small sliver of this woman's breast may show?! look at all the cleavage exposed by young women every day in a SEXUALLY suggestive way...I don't see any men/women throwing them out! a breast has a function--to FEED a child. I breastfed all three of my children--wherever they were hungry adn not once did I "expose" myself in any way that can compare with someof teh sleazy clothing I have seen many women wear! get a clue KY! breastfeeding can be a huge boost for your baby's health and happiness! (not to mention the financial benefit considering the current economy) there is nothing trashy, sleazy, or sexual about breastfeeding...its not like she was topless with the baby hanging off of her ;-D
  • by chasity Location: corbin on Aug 11, 2008 at 06:51 PM
    we NEED penalties in place! how will you enforce a mother's right if there is NO penalty when its violated?!
  • by Ida on Aug 11, 2008 at 02:45 PM
    Doesn't the Richmond Police Dept keep their officers updated on changes in the laws? This law has been on the books for about a year. The police chief needs to get his act together.
  • by Hey Location: are you reading this? on Aug 11, 2008 at 02:03 PM
    The majority of people on this board, INCLUDING mothers who do or have breastfed, do not agree with doing it in public without covering up. Get a CLUE lawmakers!! Everyone else has rights too, not just certain groups of people!
  • by Bob Location: Stanford on Aug 11, 2008 at 01:35 PM
    I don't have to be covered up when eating at MickyD's. Why should the baby? Come on, folks. Get your minds out of the gutter.
  • by New Lex Girl Location: Lexington on Aug 11, 2008 at 12:05 PM
    Virtually all the medical research says the same thing -- breastfeeding is absolutely the best nutrition for a growing baby. Why can't we be happy that mothers are making the best choice for their babies instead of selfishly freaking out that we might see something "inappropriate"? If breastfeeding offends you, don't look -- this isn't about you, it's about the babies, and the breast is best for them.
  • by mel Location: lex on Aug 11, 2008 at 08:19 AM
    Maybe this young mother who was denied her rights and the young woman asked to leave the Richmond Mall because of her way too short dress should get together and figure out a way to make some money for their troubles. Or is that the point, push until you can sue?
  • by Kelly Location: KY on Aug 11, 2008 at 07:21 AM
    If your baby is hungry and you breastfeed, by all means, feed the child. BUT please use some kind of thin blanket or cloth, even a McDonald's napkin would work, to cover from your shoulder to the baby's neck. Be discreet about it and there won't be any problems.
  • by KentuckyGuy Location: Bluegrass on Aug 11, 2008 at 05:56 AM
    Del of Stanton, there is nothing sexual about urinating in public..it's just in our mind.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Aug 11, 2008 at 05:53 AM
    More of the exhibitionist that needs attention. These ADD "mothers" need to have their MTV moments.
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