GRANGER, Indiana (WNDU) — It was a family lunch that ended sooner than expected.
Audrey Taylor says she was asked to leave Tony Sacco’s Pizza Oven while she was breastfeeding.
It’s a pizza place Audrey, her husband Jason and their 14-week-old baby boy Jack have been to many times.
“My husband and I were sitting down and we just ordered our food and I was nursing Jack and I was approached by a female manager and asked to go to the bathroom and I said, ‘No, I won’t feed my son in a public restroom,’ and I said, ‘Do you know its unlawful of you to ask that of me?’ and she said, ‘Yes, I know,’” Taylor says.
Audrey says when given the ultimatum to breastfeed in the bathroom or leave the restaurant, she and her husband decided to leave.
According to the Indiana State Code, she is right.
It says, “Notwithstanding any other law, a woman may breastfeed her child anywhere the woman has a right to be.”
That is also the same in Michigan.
“I was really just mortified and embarrassed. I was shocked that I was asked to leave for doing something that was natural,” Taylor continues, “and when I am in public I do try to be respectful and mindful of other people. I wear two shirts so one can be pulled down and one can be pulled up so a minimum amount is exposed.”
Audrey says another manager, the general manager, came out to apologize and said the situation was handled completely wrong.
We reached out to him and he did decline a comment at this time.
“I definitely think more should have been done to make us more comfortable and to kind of rectify the situation. I just want people to be more accepting and know it’s a woman’s right and it’s their babies right to have what’s best for them,” continues Taylor.
Audrey and her husband could not reiterate enough that they do not want to hurt the business and that it was a good place to eat.
They say they will no longer be dinning at Tony Sacco’s anymore because of the way they were treated.