Well, it doesn't happen just real often, but I'm good and mad! Here is my comment on Catholic Dads, a blog that Subvet frequents, regarding this "news" item.
Having nursed all 3 of my babies...still nursing the youngest I will say a few things.
1) Plan ahead. When you know you're going to be out and about at meal time take a bottle.
2) It is possible to nurse a baby without anyone knowing that you are doing it, learn to be discreet and modest.
3) Who the heck carries copies of their state's breastfeeding laws with them out to eat? Was she out looking to stir up trouble? And why did she immediately go to a lawyer to have a letter written to Applebee's? I'd be able to write that letter all by myself (IF I'd deemed it necessary)
4) I live in Texas. Even in 100+ degree weather I ALWAYS have a blanket in the diaper bag..if for no other reason than to have something clean to lay the baby on for changing diapers. And as stated, cloth diapers/burp rags make great covers too!
Seems like folks are wanting to claim discrimination for anything! Get a grip.
And a "nurse in" is just nothing more than a publicity stunt....on the same level as "Paul is Dead." Really, this sort of crap in our media when there are so much more important things that DON'T get reported just makes me sick!!
BTW, I'm more inclined to go visit an Applebee's now.....I think to boycott is stupid too! I mean really, why boycott Applebees for trying to help keep their restaurant bare boob-less in a time when Hooters and Twin Peaks are so popular. We should be rewarding them for having standards. They didn't kick her out unceremoniously, they requested she cover, then offered her a blanket, THEN mentioned going outside to finish nursing...I really really would have liked to have been a fly on the wall and seen the whole escapade from start to finish...I just believe that there is probably more here than is reported.
If someone came up to me and said "I noticed that you're nursing..would you mind covering up?" I would be EMBARRASSED and would find me a cover immediately and thank the person for telling me my boob was hanging out for all to see!!!
And here's something else I didn't add...
Having been to my fair share of Applebee's restaurants and others of the same caliber, I will put out this question.
Have you EVER seen a "corner booth" that was secluded??? NOPE! Every spot in that restaurant is out in the open...it ain't candle-lit dining folks. She requested that corner booth so she could seat her SEVEN KIDS comfortably...it just sounded good when the LAWYER wrote the letter!!!