TURKEY CREEK, Tenn. (WBIR) -- An East Tennessee mom is on a mission, driven by her right to breast-feed in public.
Last weekend at the Turkey Creek Chick-Fil-A, Jennifer Day was breast-feeding her daughter, Kahlyn, in the play area at the Turkey Creek Chick-Fil-A. She was not using a cover.
When other customers complained, an employee approached her to express those concerns.
"An employee came up to me and told me some of the other parents were afraid of allowing their kids to play in the play area while I was feeding her, especially without any cover," Day said.
She said she doesn't use a cover because her 5-month-old daughter doesn't like it, and will tear it off. Day told the young employee she was allowed, by law, to continue breast-feeding.
"Any mother is allowed to breast-feed her child if shes in that place otherwise," she said. "'They' were made for a purpose, a God-given ability. It's the best gift you can give to your child."
Tennessee law states:
- A mother may breast-feed in any public or private place she is authorized to be
- Breast-feeding shall not be considered public indecency or nudity, obscene, or sexual conduct
- Local governments shall not prohibit breast-feeding in public by local ordinance
- Employers must accommodate breast-feeding mothers at work
Tuesday, a Chik-Fil-A spokesperson said the manager at that restaurant "...has apologized and regrets any offense he may have caused."
In response to the incident, several of Day's friends are planning a "nurse in." Similar to a sit in, they plan to revisit the Chick-Fil-A as a group on Wednesday evening and nurse their infants together.