Mother Promotes Breast-Feeding After Confrontation

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Lexington mother is launching a campaign promoting breast-feeding after a confrontation over nursing her infant at a local restaurant.

Thirty-four-year-old Brooke Ryan tells the Lexington Herald-Leader that she wants breast-feeding to be accepted on a large scale.

As part of her campaign, Ryan is organizing a "Nurse Out" on September eighth with posters and breast-feeding outside the Applebee's restaurant in Lexington where she was confronted.

After a waitress asked Ryan to cover up with a blanket while nursing her seven-month-old son, Ryan asked to see the manager. She then handed the manager a copy of the 2006 Kentucky law prohibiting interference with mothers breast-feeding in public.

The manager also asked her to cover up with a blanket. Ryan left as her food came to nurse her baby in the car.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Jan Location: lexington on Sep 6, 2007 at 09:37 AM
    So why don't you all just plop out your breast anytime. There is also a law for undisent exposer too. Draw a line
  • by Melissa Location: NH on Sep 3, 2007 at 02:21 AM
    Um Rob, Applebees is a PUBLICLY traded company which means the public (including the breast-feeding public) owns the company. http://quote.morningstar.com/Quote/Quote.aspx?ticker=APPB
  • by Kris Location: Lexington on Sep 2, 2007 at 06:03 PM
    "If you come into my house and I ask you to do something,just do it.Same thing here,it is public,but it is not public owned." You clearly understand the law about as well as Applebee's does. NO ONE may interfere with a breastfeeding mother in any public OR private location in which she is authorized to be. And now it's sele-centered to feed your kid. Rob, you're a moron.
  • by former Kentuckian Location: not KY on Sep 2, 2007 at 10:22 AM
    Wow! I can't believe many of these comments, and so many from bf'ing mothers. To make such a big deal over a mother nursing her child is just absurd. It is a natural AND necessary act (unless you think everyone should go against what the NIH and WHO has recommended regarding bf'ing). Even when I have seen women bf in public without a blanket, I have not noticed the actual breast showing. It is apparent that the mere act of bf'ing disgusts people and shows such fearful and ignorant attitudes. I am ashamed of and astounded by all of you who admonish a woman for trying to nourish her child regardless of where she is and how she goes about it. I am about to have my first child and plan to bf, and I am nervous about bf in public although I intend to do it for my child, not to show off my breasts. You can bet that I intend to carry with me relevant statutes, not for confrontation purposes but to assert my rights to nourish my child. Obviously the legislature agrees! Grow up people!
  • by jim Location: pinevill on Sep 1, 2007 at 05:24 AM
    sounds like jelous women dont want ther men to see a (edited) let it all hang out
  • by Rob Location: London on Sep 1, 2007 at 01:36 AM
    Doesn't the manager still run the store for a private orginazation?That means it is not ours to do as we please.If you come into my house and I ask you to do something,just do it.Same thing here,it is public,but it is not public owned.Have a little respect for the people around you.Sounds a little self-centered to me.
  • by Disabled Location: Formerly of KY on Aug 31, 2007 at 10:19 PM
    Most of these responses are disgusting. Breastfeeding has been proven best for babies and with all the recalls today it is also the safest. There is very little breast shown when breastfeeding, not as much as most women show in their clothing choices. Also if you're in a resteraunt, why aren't you paying attention to your dining companions and eating your food instead of watching other people. I don't think this lady was looking for a fight but that maybe she had encountered bigotry before and was prepared. People grow up and realize that it is only in the smallness of your brains that makes it wrong to breastfeed in public, but makes headline news when Lindsey, Brittany, and Paris pull off their panties and go out in microminis. As for breast pumps you don't have extra milk if your baby eats on a regular schedule, and if Mom is available who wants an old bottle.
  • by cindy Location: frankfort on Aug 31, 2007 at 07:57 PM
    there sure is an awful lot of uptight (edited) feeders all the sudden .for petes sake ,use your brains .we all know a child has to be fed .we all know you have rights .feed the baby ..shut up ...and do what you are supposed to do .meaning ...be discrete .dont (editd) about it just do it .september 8th i am absolutely not going to a (edited) at applebees .miss ryan ....please get over yourself and your (edited) .take care of your child and please figure out that the whole world could care less about your trials and tribulations with engorged (edited)....sheesh .
  • by Orangeblossomb Location: FL on Aug 31, 2007 at 02:11 PM
    To Jonathan Location: Is a restroom or hot car, away from your dining companions, an appropriate place for you to eat? No? Then it's not an appropriate place for a baby to eat, either. Kudos to Brooke Ryan for standing up for her rights and the rights of breastfeeders everywhere. For those who think that she was "looking for a fight," just because she had a copy of the law with her... many of us do this. It is obviously necessary, thanks to idiots like the ones employed by Applebees... how else are you supposed to prove that you're in the right to the uninformed? Some states even mail out little cards with copies of the law printed on them, just for situations like this. Applebees BROKE THE LAW by interefering with a mother nursing her child, plain and simple.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Aug 31, 2007 at 11:58 AM
    If they can breastfeed in public, and I pee in public? It is natural after all...

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