(Scroll down for video) A full time mom and restaurant owner was cited by the department of health for tending to customers and clearing tables while breastfeeding her baby.
Hannah Gibson, owner of Rocco's Ristorante Italiano in Dartmouth, Canada, said that when things get busy in the restaurant she pitches in, even when her eight-month-old son Carson, is eating. She helps out while he is breastfeeding.
"I was cleaning a table during breastfeeding," she said. However, health officials and patrons were not impressed.
Customers complained of her breastfeeding, which caused a food safety investigation. A few days ago, the restaurant received its second formal letter of complaint within six months from the Nova Scotia food and safety inspector.
When the officer came to investigate, Gibson said, she asked: "how is this a food-safety issue”? His response to me was, “I don't know. Maybe the complainant thought milk could get into the food.”
Gibson said that the inspector told her the complaint "was very much an issue of public perception." Then, the officer offered some advice: "in the future, you can separate yourself so that diners cannot see you breastfeeding."
Gibson said that the investigation has left her both embarrassed and angry. She said that it is frustrating that one government department sends warnings about breastfeeding in public while another government program promotes breastfeeding in public, since breastfeeding has been declared a human right.