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Applebee’s Nurse Out Coverage

September 9, 2007

Yesterday, folks gathered at Applebee’s restaurants around the country in response to one location’s treatment of a breastfeeding mama and the subsequent inadequate corporate response. The corporate response has since shifted, according to WTVQ:

“Our goal as restaurant operators is to provide a great dining experience for all our guests. This situation has provided an opportunity for us to work with our associates to ensure we’re making nursing mothers feel welcome….we will also accommodate other guest who would be more comfortable moving to another area of the restaurant.”

News coverage:
WTVQ (Lexington, KY)
Lexington Herald-Leader
Arizona Central – note obnoxious comments on the story if you’re wondering why women still struggle with nursing in public
Naples Daily News
Post-Tribune (Indiana)
-The Times of Northwest Indiana

Blog coverage:
-Breastfeeding 123: Sign photos and response roundup
Gone to Utah, with photos
Tattoos and Drool, with photos (Indianapolis)
The True Face of Birth
Mrs Furious
International Breastfeeding Symbol (also rounding up pieces on the event)

Flickr set from Madison
Flickr set from Indianapolis
Flickr images from Sacramento
-Holly Healy, photos from Mechanicsburg, PA

In related news, Breastfeeding 123 reports that Facebook has been removing breastfeeding pictures, arguing that they are “obscene.”

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 9, 2007 4:20 pm

    Why is it that even their new and improved official stance puts these supposedly offended other customers right in the statement? Do they really think people are so hypersexualized that they will demand to be moved in such great numbers that these needs to be addressed in their statement?

    I don’t know why I continue to be amazed that people react to this. I am an idealist and an optimist, I guess, and I pretend sometimes that Americans aren’t reactionary offensive idiots. I will not read through those comments on those articles that prove why we still need breastfeeding protections because I get so irritated.

  2. September 9, 2007 7:45 pm

    Hilary, I do not know. Chin up, we’re working on it, you know?

  3. Marianna permalink
    September 20, 2007 8:58 am

    Personally, I think anyone who is “offended” by breasfeeding (or breasts or, for that matter, bodies in general) are either idiots or need some serious counseling.


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  2. More nurse-in pictures at Tattoos and Drool

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