November 23, 2003

No, This Isn't The Onion

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Burger King has made it POLICY that it's all right to breast feed in its restaurants. I kid you not.

    SALT LAKE CITY - Burger King adopted a corporate policy Friday allowing women to breast-feed their babies in restaurants — a day before a threatened "nurse-in" at the fast-food chain's facilities.

    The new policy says Burger King welcomes mothers who wish to breast-feed their children.

    "We want to be a family friendly place," said Rob Doughty, vice president for strategic communications for Miami-based Burger King. "We want to be responsive to our customers, and didn't know this was a big issue. Unfortunately in Utah, it went directly to the press, and we didn't have a chance to take a look at it."

    He said 20 states, including Utah, allow breast-feeding in public.
Allow? Hmm, uh, okay. Wonder what the fine is for that one in the other 30 states that don't "allow" public breast feeding. And what's "public," while we're at it?

    Under the new policy, employees are told: "If a customer complains about a mother who is breast-feeding, kindly explain that breast-feeding is permitted in the restaurant and suggest to that customer that he or she relocate to another section of the restaurant."
I get it - "Please seat me in the non-breast feeding section." What would the sign for that one be - a boob with a red circle and line? I'm cracking myself up here.

    Plans for a nurse-in at Burger Kings on Saturday have been circulated in an unsigned e-mail sent to members of La Leche League, an international group that promotes breast-feeding.
You gotta fight...for your (wait, probably not). I just really think that moms oughta perhaps save their energy for something other than the right to feed their progeny in such amazingly healthy environs.


Posted by hln at November 23, 2003 09:40 PM | Non-PETA Loons | TrackBack

I didn't know there were places that did not allow breastfeeding.

Posted by: Sophorist at November 23, 2003 09:58 PM

Oh, God, that symbol is priceless!

Posted by: Aaron at November 24, 2003 03:30 AM

Having had a few go-rounds with the La Leche adherents, I will restrict my urge to go on and on and on about it and just say:Ewww. We do not need to see a whopper when we're getting our Whopper.

Posted by: LeeAnn at November 24, 2003 08:55 AM

Great! Now I have to watch mothers rudely expose themseves and their suckling while I eat my lunch! Polticial correctness has really gone too far. What happened to politeness and tack?

Its rude to think you have the right to show your child sucking your breast in public, let alone at a restauraunt where other people are eating!

Posted by: Doc at November 24, 2003 10:27 AM

I love your little anti-symbol. Very nice work.

Posted by: King of Fools at November 24, 2003 12:28 PM

Also, isn't it medically so that if a male retains too much semen he is at risk for an inflammed prostate? So if you follow the line that breastfeeding is almost mandatory for a healthy baby, and good for the mother as well, then masturbation is just as healthy for men. Therefore, guys should be allowed to whack off in Burger King.
Stuff like this is why I should be a lawyer.
Or a carnival barker.

Posted by: LeeAnn at November 24, 2003 05:02 PM

I just wanted to confirm the rumor:

I was, in fact, the model for that boob.

The hardest part was sitting still when Heather was doing my portrait.

Posted by: Brian J. at November 24, 2003 06:09 PM

Axis of Boobage? Yes, the logo was Brian's idea, and he had to help me draw it because I'm so graphics inept.


Posted by: hln at November 24, 2003 08:24 PM

And for the breastfeeding section:

Posted by: Harvey at November 25, 2003 09:28 AM

In my younger days, I used to try to stare at breast-feeding moms out of the corner of my eye in hopes of getting a glimpse of tit. Never succeeded. Unless the style has changed significantly, I don't think that anyone who doesn't want to see any will.

I do, by the way, admire Burger King's policy on this. It should be much more common.

Posted by: triticale at November 25, 2003 07:53 PM

I think you got the quote wrong, it's not La Leche, it's La Lech. A group of lecherous people all in favor of breast feeding in public. As long as there's no age limit on the feedee.

Posted by: Veeshir at November 26, 2003 12:02 PM

It's a sad world that so many of us are so completely uneducated about the importance of breastfeeding, even worse that facilities must take official steps to deem it acceptable. There should be no question of where a mother can feed her child. Breasts are not for patron's sexual pleasure, they are to nourish our children. I would much rather see, and would be happy to see a woman nursing in Burger King over having to stomach seeing some ignorant American chow down on their whopper. Babies shouldn't have to eat in private, nor should they have to eat cow's milk. Perhaps Burger King should open a room specifically where idiots can sit safely without being offended by their own ignorance.

Posted by: Rubitrude at December 22, 2003 10:02 AM

What kind of society is this where people are offended by a baby eating normally? People in this country need to see a lot more breastfeeding so they will be used to it. Especially they need to understand that babies over 6 months old need breastmilk and not to freakout at the sight of a walking talking todler nursing.

Posted by: Kat at January 28, 2004 03:26 AM

What kind of society is this where people are offended by a baby eating normally? People in this country need to see a lot more breastfeeding so they will be used to it. Especially they need to understand that babies over 6 months old need breastmilk and not to freakout at the sight of a walking talking toddler nursing.

Posted by: Kat at January 28, 2004 03:27 AM

You need to look at this issue closer. Someone is getting paid for writing grants to get mother's to breast feed their children. Which in turn is opening non-profits, with paid employees (from these grants). There are bottle fed babies that are just as healthy. Bottom line the movement to push women to breast feed, because if they don't they are hurting their children is taking away these women's right not to breast feed. Would someone involved with these walks and demenstrations go up to a mother bottle feeding her child and ask her to stop!!!! Get over it........ and remember grant writers make a lot of money.

Posted by: RC at September 21, 2004 02:10 PM