Denny's Meets With Woman Over Breastfeeding Incident

An official with the Denny's restaurants has met with a North Carolina woman who says she was harassed when she was approached about breast-feeding her child in an Asheville restaurant.

Twenty-eight-year-old Crystal Everitt met with Rick Pate, regional director of operations for Denny's, on Sunday.

Everitt says she was doing nothing wrong on Feb. 8 when she was
asked to conceal herself or move to a more private area while
nursing her 1-year-old son.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported about 30 people gathered to
show support for Everitt.

Pate said Denny's tries to provide a non-offensive environment for their patrons and breast-feeding mothers are welcome.

Everitt says she wants Denny's to have an official policy on breast-feeding, and Pate said he'd send her concerns along to his supervisors.


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  • by Frances Location: Beaufort County on Feb 27, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    It is a natural thing to breastfeed but there is also a time and place. I breastfed my children but I never did so in public. I planned my outing around feeding times.
  • by Keith Location: Tarboro on Feb 27, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    Sorry for the double post. Thought I lost the first one!
  • by Keith Location: Tarboro on Feb 27, 2009 at 07:41 AM
    Just a girl: The AAP and multiple other health organizations recommend breastfeeding for at least 12 months. My wife nursed our children for longer than 12 months, so I see nothing at all strange about a mother nursing her year-old child in public. The truly sad fact of the matter is that a perfectly natural act between mother and child has been labeled as obscene by modern society. The same critics who condemn this mother for nursing her child would likely find a mother cat nursing her kittens "cute" or "sweet." It's the modern perception of the breast as a sexual organ (rather than as a means of feeding a child) that is to blame for the current abhoration of public nursing. Time to remember why the Maker gave breasts to females in nature - to suckle and nurture her offspring.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    furthermore, the aap recommends AT LEAST a year, and the World Health Organizations recommends AT LEAST 2 years. The world average is actually 4 years. Here in the US we are such prudes that we cannot accept and understand basic nutrition.
  • by Keith Location: Tarboro on Feb 27, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    Just a girl: my wife breastfed our children well beyond the one-year mark. Breasfeeding for one year is recommended by the AAP and other health organizations. The problem is NOT with the breastfeeding mother, as has been indicated by many commenters here; the problem is with the observer who sees a perfectly natural act as lewd, sexual, or a means of seeking attention. Were most of the critics who have commented before me to observe a litter of kittens suckling their mother, the act would be considered "cute" or "sweet". Let a mother suckle her child, however, and it's somehow a public disgrace. It has been assumed that this mother was publicly exposing herself, though there is no evidence from the story to support that assumption. The woman has been branded as an attention-seeking freak without reason. What is truly shameful is the lack of understanding about a perfectly natural act between mother and child.
  • by Anonymous 2 Location: NE North Carolina on Feb 26, 2009 at 08:05 PM
    Wonderful response Anonymous. I have seen breastfeeding mother's ostracized by employees, even when the mother is completely covered. Moms who are naturally feeding their children are certainly not looking for the attention of others - if they wanted that, they could just let the child scream from hunger - that would certainly get people looking their way. Who decided that a completely natural act was lewd? Maybe it's time for people to be honest with their children (if it's truly the fear of their child witnessing something that they don't understand). A young child can readily accept that God gave mommies everything they needed to feed and care for their babies.
  • by just a girl Location: wmst on Feb 26, 2009 at 07:47 PM
    keith, the child was a 1 year old, hello, it should have been on regular food by then, not breast feed in a public resturant. Now lets see what they come up with, smoking section, non-smoking section, breastfeeding section,,
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    Yeah, the time and place is when and where the baby is hungry. If you do not like it throw a blanket over your head so you do not have to see it. If you do not want your child to see it, then put a blanket over his or her head. Maybe YOU need not go out in public.
  • by mom on Feb 26, 2009 at 01:10 PM
    There is a time and place to breastfeed sitting at a table at Denny's is not. This is a family resturant with children around and some of us don't want our children shown breast. There is a way to breastfeed your child in private. But probably the mom wanted the attention of others to look at her. What a shame!
  • by kinston Location: nc on Feb 26, 2009 at 01:04 PM
    Did she have to breast feed during her meeting??? Or did she realize the baby might need to be fed BEFORE hand/dinner! Get a life and cover up!! Just a publicity stunt!
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