Restaurant calls police to kick out breastfeeding mother

Dawn Holland 
By: Ryan Lee Hall 

(Scroll down for video) A restaurant called the police in order to have them remove a breastfeeding mother from their store.

The mother is now asking for changes at the major chain restaurant after being expelled from one of their locations for breastfeeding.

Dawn Holland said that on Saturday afternoon, she was nursing her 20-month son, Connor, in a booth in the rear of an Applebee’s restaurant. Holland said a manager approached her and told her that "she was being inappropriate" and asked that she continue breastfeeding in the bathroom.

"I told him I had a right to breastfeed in public and a bathroom was not an appropriate place to care for a child. The manager then said I could go to the bathroom or get out," Holland said.

Holland said she asked the manager to check on the law, when the manager called police. Civil rights lawyer Laurie Rashidi, said the law provides that "a woman has the right to breastfeed anywhere they are legally allowed to be."

Applebee’s Communications issued a statement Tuesday saying: "We are in the business to welcome guests to our restaurants and our priority is always to provide a pleasant environment for everyone, including nursing mothers that have the right to breastfeed public. This was an unfortunate misunderstanding and hope that the guest will give us another opportunity to show that to her personally."

Holland, whose husband is a medevac pilot in Afghanistan, said she has not personally heard from the company. She said she would like to see Applebee’s institute civil rights training for its staff.

The authorities did not write an incident report, as they said it was a civil matter. Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5