Breastfeeding mum banned from café fights back with flashmob protest
A mum who was banned from her local café for breastfeeding has fought back – by staging a flashmob of 200 breastfeeding mums!
After a waitress marched her out of the café, reportedly shouting: “Don’t you ever come back to my café with your t*** out again!”, Kelly Schaecher 28, from Bristol decided to take action.
Kelly told the BBC: “I was absolutely terrified and really shocked. I was only breastfeeding, and Bristol is a really family-friendly city. You see girls in nightclubs barely wearing any clothes all the time, so why would someone have a problem with me feeding my child?
“I turned around and said to her ‘You don’t know what’s coming.’ Even though at this stage I had no idea we were going to assemble in the cafe.”
Although she was upset she decided not to take further action. However, word of the incident spread and a Facebook page was created in support. Over 200 mums calling themselves ‘lactivists’ and ‘mother suckers’ joined the group and went to the café to breastfeed in protest.
Kelly added: “The cafe's owner was really apologetic and gave everyone a free tea or coffee and a free cake.
“He can't help it if one of his staff was rude to me and he has now put up a sign saying ‘Breastfeeding is allowed in here’.”
Davide Pontini, 35, general manager of the Park Street Cafe, told the BBC: “The intention at the time was literally - would you rather be in a more concealed place - because obviously we have big windows.
“We have always been breastfeeding friendly, the café’s laid out to accommodate mothers breast feeding and it happens on a daily basis."
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