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Breastfeeding Mom Says Restaurant Employee Snapped Her Photo

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Unsurprisingly, the employee was fired.


A San Antonio woman claims a Jason's Deli employee photographed her with his cell phone while she was breastfeeding inside the restaurant. Jamie Gustafson tells local news affiliate KENS 5 that "she caught an employee snapping photos of her as she breastfed" her 2-month-old son. "I was stunned. I didn't know what to say. I was speechless," she said. Gustafson's sister reportedly confronted the employee and alerted management.

Jason's Deli released a written statement to the news station that read in part, "We were deeply troubled by this employee's conduct and not only was his conduct an explicit breach of written company policy, it was a violation of the values we care about deeply." They say the offending employee has been fired; meanwhile, Gustafson has filed a police report and tells KENS 5 that while she has no intentions of stopping breastfeeding in public, she'll "probably bring a blanket" next time.

Breastfeeding in public, particularly in restaurants, remains a hotly debated issue. A group of Connecticut mothers staged a "nursing demonstration" back in June after a Friendly's restaurant allegedly asked a mother to stop breastfeeding, indicating that restaurants are still apparently learning about a mother's right to breastfeed in public.

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