- The Washington Times - Friday, January 24, 2020

A Chick-fil-A in Georgia has apologized after a breastfeeding mother was told to cover up, prompting multiple mothers to hold a “nurse-in” protest at the restaurant this week.

Samantha McIntosh told CNN she was breastfeeding her 7-month-old daughter at a Chick-fil-A in Evans on Monday when a store manager asked her to cover up because someone had complained.

Ms. McIntosh said she was wearing a nursing tank top under a long-sleeved shirt and that none of her skin was showing as she fed her child. Regardless, breastfeeding in public is legal in all 50 states.

Her Facebook post on the matter sparked an outpouring of support, and she and multiple other mothers descended on the restaurant the next day to hold a silent “nurse-in” out of protest. Local news station WJBF reported that the women sat silently and ate dinner with their babies latched.

The operator of the local franchise has since apologized to Ms. McIntosh.

“I am truly sorry for the experience Ms. McIntosh had in our restaurant,” said Jason Adams, owner-operator of Chick-fil-A Mullins Crossing. “I have reached out to her to personally apologize. My goal is to provide a warm and welcoming environment for all of our guests.”

Ms. McIntosh said Mr. Adams personally reached out to her and that she was satisfied with his response.

“I have been in contact with the owner of this Chick-fil-A and he seemed genuinely apologetic and very open to training his staff on ways to better handle incidents like this one in the future,” she told CNN. “Overall, I am happy with the way Chick-fil-A has responded to this incident and can only hope other moms will continue to feed their children in whatever way makes them most comfortable.”

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