I just read this on the newspaper's website
this morning. I live in KY but I am not able to go to the nurse out. However, I did send Applebee's a message
on their website:
While reading the paper this morning I came across an article about a woman who was humiliated in an Applebee's restaurant because she was breastfeeding her baby. Harassing a woman about nursing her baby in a place that she would otherwise have a right to be is a violation of KRS 211.755. Ms. Ryan informed the server and manager of this Applebee's of the law and still was forced to either cover up or remove herself from the restaurant to finish feeding her baby. In a statement to the Lexington Herald-Leader, a lawyer for Applebee's suggested that since she carried a copy of the law with her that she has an agenda. This is completely ridiculous! Women like Ms. Ryan have to carry around copies of laws protecting their rights to feed their babies because of places like the Nicholasville Applebee's that harass these mothers. I am completely appalled that this would happen in one of your restaurants.
There is no Applebee's where I live but one is currently being built. I have been looking forward to eating there often. I also travel frequently and go to Applebee's at least 4 times a year. I will not support a business that violates laws protecting a woman's right to feed her baby. I would like for Applebee's to institute a chain-wide policy that to protect breastfeeding mothers from the harassment that Ms. Ryan received at your Nicholasville location. I would also like for Applebee's and the manager of the Nicolasville restaurant to issue a formal apology to Ms. Ryan for violating her rights.
Breastfeeding is not sexual. There is nothing dirty about breastfeeding. Women should not have to hide or cover themselves when breastfeeding because there is nothing wrong with it. It is appropriate for a mother to breastfeed her baby anywhere it is appropriate to feed a baby a bottle.