Breastfeeding mother says she was asked to cover-up or leave at Fargo Chick-Fil-A

Published: Jan. 14, 2018 at 2:48 PM CST
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Local mother Macy Hornung took to social media on Saturday to vent her displeasure about the new Fargo Chick-Fil-A. She said while she was there she had to breastfeed her daughter but was asked to cover-up or leave by the owner.

Hornung had this to say to our reporter, "My husband, Casey, our son, and I had just finished our dinner and the food and service were awesome. As is par for the course with breastfed babies, my daughter wanted to nurse. I have nursed her, and previously my son, in several restaunts in the FM area without any issues, so I did my usual turn away to latch her as discreetly as possible. She had been nursing for a few minutes and was falling asleep when the owner of Chick-fil-A, Kimberly Flamm, approached me and asked me to cover.

I told her I couldn’t, but she never gave me the chance to explain that my daughter will flail, scream, and rip a cover off. It causes even more frustration and a very angry baby, so it isn’t worth it to me. The top of my breast was exposed, but no more than what is visible in a bathing suit. She started telling me that it was a family establishment and that with children present, I needed to cover myself. She persisted and again told me that there were children and men present and I needed to cover. I tried citing North Dakota state law to her and she told me that she knew the laws and I needed to cover or leave.

So my husband, son, and I gathered our things and I informed her that I would be reviewing accordingly and sharing my experience with every breastfeeding mother I know. She told me to do what I had to and again asked me to leave."

Hornung sat down for an interview with Valley News Live to explain what happened and what she wants to see done about it.

Valley News Live reached out to Chick-Fil-A management. "My goal is to provide a warm and welcoming environment for all of my guests, and I sincerely apologize for the way I handled this situation," said Kimberly Flamm, the Owner and Operator of the West Acres Mall location.