Breastfeeding battle between Chesapeake mom and Big Woody’s

Posted at 9:16 PM, Sep 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-03 21:28:00-04

big woodysCHESAPEAKE, Va. (WTKR) – A Chesapeake business has seen the ire of breastfeeding moms on social media, and they insist there is another side to the story.

A mother says she was confronted by a manager, and she took to Facebook claiming Big Woody’s Bar & Grill gave her the boot because she bared her breast while feeding her 11-month-old baby.

The manager said he received complaints from patrons because the mother was sipping on a shot and a beer.

“It’s not easy to go and talk to someone and say you’re breastfeeding but you’re drinking too,” he said.

The mother Chrystal admitted to WTKR that she didn’t plan on drinking the alcohol until she was finished nursing.

“I had a huge water, I was downing,” she explained. “I had a beer and a shot of Fireball in front of me but that was for after I was done.”

“And I had one sip of beer and I’m not planning on the rest until after I’m done nursing,” she added.

People on Facebook have been airing their feelings on the situation, mostly about the rights of mothers to breastfeed, but not much is mentioned about the objections the patrons made about seeing a mother consume alcohol while breastfeeding.

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The mother, who says she is a chemist, plans on a nurse-in demonstration at the restaurant.

The co-owner Jeff Leroy says women are allowed to breastfeed at Big Woody’s, and they plan to retrain their staff to improve their approach — if and when these sensitive matters come up.

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