GLENDALE, AZ - Dozens of Valley mothers staged a "nurse-in" at a Glendale McDonald's Saturday afternoon, breast feeding their children in response to a store manager who asked a woman to leave for nursing her child inside the eatery recently.
Jenny Reef was one dozens of mothers who brought their young children to the McDonald's near 51st Avenue and Cactus Road on Saturday.
"I'm here to show support for nursing moms, to show this is not something obscene or indecent, this is a normal part of having a kid," said Reef.
The women decided to all breast feed their children together at the same time after a manager asked Clarissa Bradford to leave earlier this month for breast feeding her 6-month-old son.
"This is not about me today, this is about showing support and the fact that McDonald's needs to change their policies," said Bradford.
This time, management did allow the mothers to breast feed, Bradford included, just as Arizona law allows.
"I don't know what's inappropriate about the most natural thing in the world, to feed your child the way your body was designed to feed your child," said Dolly Nesbeitt, another mother in attendance.
The owner of this McDonalds reiterated a previously released statement that reads in part "...it has never been our policy to ask nursing mothers to leave our restaurant. This was a mistake. All employees are required to comply with local, state and federal laws..."
"This is ridiculous. If someone pulled out a bottle, nobody would say anything. Just because it comes from a woman's anatomy, people have a problem," noted mom Alisa Ilardo.
McDonald's management says they can assure mothers it won't happen again.
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