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Ky. woman asked to leave restaurant after breast-feeding infant

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NEWPORT, KY(FOX19) – A Kentucky woman said she was asked to leave a restaurant when she tried to breast-feed her six-month old child in a booth.

On Sunday, there was a big rally to support that Lexington mother's right to breast feed in public.

Corday Piston says she and her family came to the Tri-State to visit the Newport Aquarium and grab something to eat at Johnny Rockets.

"I was covered and she is a big girl," said Piston. "There was nothing hanging out and I was in a corner by myself. Also there weren't patrons around."

Piston claims the restaurant manager told her she would have to breast-feed at a public bench or in the bathroom but not at the restaurant.

"What I would hope is that business owners realize it is the law and it's incredibly important to educate their employees, so that people like me aren't harassed and embarrassed by it," said Piston.

Supporters say the incident was ignorant. The decision to force her to leave was wrong, said Marie Wilson.

"I don't have kids but I support her right and every other breastfeeding mother's right to feed their kids when they need to be fed," said Wilson.

FOX19 tried to speak with the owner /manager of the restaurant but a request for an interview was denied.

Below is the Kentucky state law that allows breast-feeding.

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211.755 Breast-feeding permitted -- Municipal ordinances not to prohibit or restrict -- Interference prohibited.

(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, a mother may breast-feed her baby or express breast milk in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be. Breast-feeding a child or expressing breast milk as part of breast-feeding shall not be considered an act of public indecency and shall not be considered indecent exposure, sexual conduct, lewd touching, or obscenity.

(2) A municipality may not enact an ordinance that prohibits or restricts a mother breast-feeding a child or expressing breast milk in a public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be. In a municipal ordinance, indecent exposure, sexual conduct, lewd touching, obscenity, and similar terms do not include the act of a mother breast-feeding a child in a public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be.

(3) No person shall interfere with a mother breast-feeding her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be.

Effective: July 12, 2006

History: Created 2006 KY. Acts ch. 80, sec. 1, effective July 12, 2006.      

 

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