Applebee’s, the popular American restaurant chain, recently let itself down when it made a very disappointing public statement, after one of its Kentucky employees asked a nursing mother to cover herself up despite knowing of the state’s law protecting a mother’s right to breastfeed. Instead of using the opportunity to formulate a good breastfeeding policy and educating its employees, the company said it would “keep a stack of blankets so breast-feeding moms could cover up” at its restaurants. A peaceful public nurse-out has been organised for today in response.
I urge you to read this post by The Lactivist. If it makes your blood boil (or even simmer a bit), why not write to Applebee’s to let them know your feelings? Perhaps suggest to Dave Goebel (President & CEO) that Applebee’s is unlikely to be your restaurant of choice until they clarify to their employees and the public exactly how their breastfeeding policy is going to comply with the law. After all, who can relax over lunch if they know they might be publicly embarrassed by a member of staff when their baby needs to be fed?
Here’s Applebee’s addresss:
Applebee’s International, Inc.
4551 W. 107th Street
Overland Park, KS 66207
If you’re glad that Senator Tom Buford (R) has strongly supported the nurse-out, why not let him know? Click here to send him a message.