What Do You Think? CT Woman Told Not to Breastfeed at Restaurant

Connecticut restaurant staff asked a breastfeeding mother to stop or ‘cover up.’

(Credit: WSFB.com)
(Credit: WSFB.com)

Update: June 12, 5:30 p.m.

A group of moms is planning a "nurse in" Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Norwich Friendly's, WFSB.com reports.

Liz Linehan of Cheshire told Channel 3 she was angered when she heard restaurant staff approached Tabitha Donohue about breastfeeding her baby. Linehan asserted that under Connecticut law, mothers don't have to cover up or leave a public place to breastfeed.

Friendly's officials told Channel 3 that the issue with Donohue at the restaurant concerned her baby lying on the table, not the mother's breasts.

Organizers of the "nurse in" called it a positive campaign to raise awareness about the state law, WFSB.com reported.


Women who are breastfeeding are protected by Connecticut state law, but the staff of a Norwich restaurant felt it necessary to ask a mother to stop breastfeeding her baby at the table.

Tabitha Donohue was offended when employees at a Friendly’s restaurant asked her to stop breastfeeding her 8-week-old baby, according to WFSB.com. The young mother was not asked to leave the restaurant, but restaurant staff asked her to stop or hide her breastfeeding.

Donohue told WFSB.com the staff wouldn't leave her table until her child stopped eating.

State law says no person or public place can restrict or limit a mother’s right to breastfeed her child.

Friendly’s corporate headquarters released a statement saying Donohue’s child was lying on the table while Donohue breastfed, WFSB.com said. The restaurant manager felt the situation was unsafe, and she asked the mother if there was a better accommodation for them.

What do you think? Should a restaurant be allowed to ask women to stop or hide breastfeeding in public?
Igor July 04, 2014 at 08:21 PM
But Joe I have never even mentioned Jewish people? LOL
chazafress July 06, 2014 at 11:41 AM
I feel as though women who breast feed in public openly are in some ways looking for attention. I think breast feeding should be done in private. I found it uncomfortable.
catherine July 06, 2014 at 01:45 PM
For me personally if I had witnessed this while out dining with my daughter I would have asked to be moved to a section where she didnt have to see it or outright leave. I wont let her watch youtube videos with breasts hanging out why in the world would I let her watch it in a family restaraunt???
Tabasco July 07, 2014 at 09:11 PM
OK. The law gives a woman back the right to breastfeed in public. It doesn't specify exceptions if she has her baby on a table. It doesn't require her to cover up. Doesn't make exceptions if she has blue hair, is 'ugly' or if others in the restaurant (or on this site) think she's just doing it for attention. The mother has a right to feed her child in public WHENEVER she deems her baby is hungry. Period...... The fact that so many here are offended by it or don't want their own children to see such terrible-terrible behavior is a testament to their own personal standards and hang-ups.... Get over it.
Igor July 07, 2014 at 09:15 PM


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