Breastfeeding Mom Was Asked to Leave a Chick-fil-A for Not Covering Up

The North Dakota mom took to Facebook to share her experience.
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Another day, another breastfeeding mother being shamed for simply trying to feed her child. A woman named Macy Hornung took to Facebook on Saturday, January 13 to share her experience during the soft opening of new Chick-fil-A in West Acres, North Dakota, and her post quickly went viral.

"Just a heads up, we just went to the soft open of Chick-fil-A West Acres and the owner basically kicked me out for breastfeeding without a cover," Hornung wrote on her Facebook page. "The owner came to our table where I was showing no more than the upper portion of my breast, barely more than what was visible in my shirt and asked me to cover. I tried to explain that I couldn’t, because my baby refuses to be covered and she started harping about the children and men who can see my indecency and I need to cover." 

Hornung says she replied by saying "they could practice the simple art of looking away," and she then "tried to cite North Dakota breastfeeding laws." She continued, "She told me if I chose not to cover, then she would have to ask me to leave, so I told her my review would reflect my experience and I would be relaying the experience in every local mommy group."

Of the encounter, Hornung also told WTVA: "It got me by complete surprise when she approached me. It was very rude, it was very blunt. ... They had no problem with me feeding her french fries. So why is it such a problem that I am feeding her from my breast?"

Thankfully, Hornung recieved many supportive comments on Facebook, such as one that read: "Good for you for breastfeeding your child. Its not always easy but you're doing it against the stupidity of most ❤ be proud. Keep your head high," and another that said, "I know of a perfect cover that the baby won’t fight! It is called the other persons eyelids!" 

The post also received the attention of he owner/operator of the Chick-fil-A, Kimberly Flamm. According to WDAY, a local ABC affiliate, Flamm released an official statement in response to Hornung's post: "I would like to publicly apologize to Macy Hornung for the way I handled the situation on Saturday. I ask for your forgiveness on this matter as I learn from it. My goal is to provide a warm and welcoming environment for all of my guests."

Though it's heartening to see that the incident resulted in this positive twist, ultimately, fewer women should have to encounter situations like this one in the first place.

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