Breast Feeding

Breast Feeding Moms Stage Sit-In At McDonalds Over Breast-feeding Ban

A McDonald’s manager who told a new mom to stop breastfeeding found himself faced with a demonstration of Mom Power.

Maddie Reynolds returned with five friends she had met at ante-natal classes and they staged a mass feed-in at the restaurant.

‘We all walked in to McDonald’s together and sat around one table right by the counter,’ said 27-year-old Miss Reynolds, a nursery nurse from Bournemouth.

Earlier, Maddie was approached by a staff member when she was breast feeding ten-week-old Sophie.

Even though she was wearing a proper maternity top on which is designed for breastfeeding, the employee asked her to leave.

‘I felt so humiliated but put my head down and didn’t stop and eventually he walked off. I felt so cross and upset.’the new mom said.

Alison Purves, spokesman for McDonald’s, said the company was ‘disappointed’ by the junior manager’s actions. Breastfeeding mothers were welcomed in all its restaurants.

‘This manager was working unilaterally and not following company policy at all. If another customer ever expressed their discomfort about breastfeeding we would encourage them to move rather than the mum.

‘What we don’t want to do is to make mums feel as if they have to hide away.’ She said the manager involved had been told he had made a mistake.

‘We are confident he will make the right decision in future.’

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Lisa Arneill

Mom of 2 boys and founder of and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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  • This is outrageous especially as a law has been passed in the UK protecting BF women from this sort of persecution – previously they could have been charged with indecent exposure!

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