Breastfeeding Mom: “I Was Asked To Go To A Back Room Or Outside” - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Breastfeeding Mom: “I Was Asked To Go To A Back Room Or Outside”

Posted: Updated:

SPOKANE, Wash – A Spokane mother says she was enjoying lunch with her family at a local eatery on Saturday, breastfeeding her baby, when a restaurant employee asked her to go to a back room or outside.

Sara Durso says she was shocked.

"I took a minute, but told her I have a legal right to breastfeed anywhere I'm otherwise legally allowed to be," Durso told KHQ. 

She says the employee then said it would still be nice if Durso would move.

The owner of that restaurant told KHQ off-camera the employee offered the back room to Durso, but never forced her to move, and added that they since apologized over the issue, the employee is now aware of Washington law, and that they've been harassed ever since the incident happened Saturday.

Durso said she's not out to ruin the business, but just wants people to know about breastfeeding laws.

Per Washington law, mothers are allowed to breastfeed "in any place of public resort, accommodation, assemblage, or amusement," (R RCW 49.60.030), and while there are no laws regarding whether a nursing mom has to be covered, she can not be cited for indecent exposure (RCW 9A.88.010).

At Manito Park Tuesday, other local mothers weighed in. 

"I breastfeed in church, I breastfeed in a restaurant, but I always cover myself up just for people around me, I don't want them to feel uncomfortable," Rebekah Davis told KHQ.

"I'm all for breastfeeding in public, I mean we eat in public, so why can't a baby?" Carrie Christiansen said.  "Some moms prefer to keep covered, some moms don't, I think it's just a personal choice."

And while Durso was not wearing a cover on Saturday, she says she was using an extra shirt, and that she was not exposed.  But the law doesn't require even that.

Durso told KHQ she did file a BBB complaint against the business, but also said she and her family do plan to go to back once this dust settles.

"I don't think it's anybody's business how I choose to feed my children," Durso said.  "And it's not any of my business how anybody else chooses to feed theirs."

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Hundreds honor the fallen during Medical Lake Memorial Day ceremony

    Hundreds honor the fallen during Medical Lake Memorial Day ceremony

    Monday, May 29 2017 11:19 PM EDT2017-05-30 03:19:17 GMT

    MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - Hundreds of people came to the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake on Monday for Memorial Day. One local couple has made it a tradition every year to remember those who sacrificed for our country and have made sure they are never taken for granted or forgotten. 

    More >>

    MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - Hundreds of people came to the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake on Monday for Memorial Day. One local couple has made it a tradition every year to remember those who sacrificed for our country and have made sure they are never taken for granted or forgotten. 

    More >>
  • Crews searching for Spokane man who fell over cliff at Palouse Falls State Park

    Crews searching for Spokane man who fell over cliff at Palouse Falls State Park

    Monday, May 29 2017 10:49 PM EDT2017-05-30 02:49:51 GMT

    Dive Rescue and Search and Rescue crews are looking for a man who fell over a cliff at Palouse Falls State Park on Monday. Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies say the 25-year-old man from the Spokane area was trying to take a selfie with his girlfriend when he fell above the falls off of the back side of the cliffs.

    More >>

    Dive Rescue and Search and Rescue crews are looking for a man who fell over a cliff at Palouse Falls State Park on Monday. Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies say the 25-year-old man from the Spokane area was trying to take a selfie with his girlfriend when he fell above the falls off of the back side of the cliffs.

    More >>
  • Climber rescued after falling into crevasse on Mt Rainier

    Climber rescued after falling into crevasse on Mt Rainier

    Monday, May 29 2017 9:55 PM EDT2017-05-30 01:55:43 GMT

    MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A climber is in the hospital after being rescued from a crevasse on Mount Rainier.      Mount Rainier National Park officials say three people climbed the mountain on Saturday and were descending on skis and snowboards when a 24-year-old female fell about 100 feet (30 meters) into a crevasse on the Emmons Glacier on the mountain's east side at an elevation of about 12,300 feet (3,750 meters).

    More >>

    MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A climber is in the hospital after being rescued from a crevasse on Mount Rainier.      Mount Rainier National Park officials say three people climbed the mountain on Saturday and were descending on skis and snowboards when a 24-year-old female fell about 100 feet (30 meters) into a crevasse on the Emmons Glacier on the mountain's east side at an elevation of about 12,300 feet (3,750 meters).

    More >>