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Old Country Buffet puts the family in “family restaurant”, NOT!

Breast-feeding mother says Maplewood restaurant told her to cover up

But a spokeswoman for Old Country Buffet’s parent company said the family was asked to leave after the dad became “verbally aggressive,” which the couple disputes.

Bethany Morton, a stay-at-home mom was breastfeeding her six-month old…

Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

Bethany Morton, 24, was breast-feeding 6 1/2-month-old Dawson in a booth at Old Country Buffet in Maplewood on Sunday when, she said, a server and then a manager, told her she’d have to cover up.

When she and her fiancé objected, they were told to leave and police were called.

Though state law says Morton was within her rights, a company spokeswoman says it wasn’t the breast-feeding but the commotion that caused the manager to tell the family to leave.

Minnesota law says, “A mother may breast-feed in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breast-feeding.”

Morton said she had a baby blanket with her, but Dawson “just won’t keep it on.”

“I decided why fight with him,” she said. “I knew my rights, so I removed the blanket and let him eat.”

She wasn’t wearing a nursing top, Morton said, but she was trying to be as discreet as possible. A man at the next table told her he didn’t know she was breast-feeding, she said.

Diana Postemsky of Kekst and Co., a New York-based public relations firm that works with Buffets Inc., the Eagan-based parent company of Old Country Buffet, said the company is “absolutely aware” of a mother’s legal right to breast-feed.

“Just to clarify,” she said, “the couple in question was asked to leave the restaurant because the fiancé became verbally aggressive, not because his fiancée was breast-feeding. The gentleman’s volume and use of profanity was disturbing the other guests.”

Morton, who was at the restaurant for Easter dinner with her fiancé, Joe Santos, and their 3-year-old, Joe Jr., called foul when told of Postemsky’s comments.

“Since when is standing up for your rights being verbally aggressive?” she asked. “He [Santos] was not aggressive at all. He didn’t even raise his voice. He’s just a loud man. He grew up in a family of six kids; obviously he has to be a little loud to be heard.”

When she called corporate headquarters, Morton said, “they sided with the store. They said it’s a ‘family establishment’ and ‘we do have the right to ask you to cover up.’

“They didn’t even offer an apology,” she said. “That’s what gets me.”

The couple were driving away when they were pulled over by a Maplewood squad. The officers, too, apparently were ignorant of the law, Morton said, and told her the statute applies to public parks, not restaurants.

Deputy Chief Dave Kvam said the 911 dispatcher’s notes say, “Old Country Buffet manager told worker to call … white female yelling at staff … white female was breast-feeding and flashing the customers.”

Kvam said if the officers were mistaken, “it’s not unreasonable to believe they might not know [the law] off the top of their head,” Kvam said. “It’s not something we deal with with any regularity.”

By PAT PHEIFER, Star Tribune

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Techie Tuesday…Mommy Organization 101: There’s An App for That!

Whether you have an iphone or any other Smartphone, there are tons of apps available to help organize you and your family. Faster that you can say “How can I keep track of everything?” you can download an app that will help you manage family life easier than you ever thought possible. A few popular mommy solutions available from Apple

Track it All

Sleep-deprived moms and dads will be happy to discover Baby Log. Keep track of feedings, naps, baths, and diaper changes. Or create custom categories. Then export the data and get an overall view of the week’s stats. Baby Daily Log Pro lets you keep a log of your baby’s growth and temperature, store photos, record and play back your baby’s first words, and more. Download Total Baby to create personalized diary and milestone entries for your newborn.

Monitor

With Babyphone, you can turn your iPhone into a baby monitor — no matter where your baby falls asleep. Just enter your home phone number or tap in a new number and place it next to your sleeping baby. When iPhone hears your baby wake up, it calls you.

Teach

Help your baby “speak” with a little help from Signing Time ASL Dictionary Flash Cards. Flick through 145 flash cards and learn signs for everything from apple to zebra. Design quizzes to test your progress, and turn on vibrate mode to buzz when you need to guess again.

With apps like ABC Animals, learning has never been more fun. These engaging, interactive flash cards teach young children to recognize, say, and print the alphabet. Tap to hear the letter name, associated animal name, and phonetics. Then download FirstWords: Animals and your little one can push letters into place to form words — and bring colorful birds, lions, and 32 other animals to life. Make story time interactive with Bumblebee Touchbook. Touch the words of this adorable bumblebee story to hear them out loud and watch them animate. Or sit back and enjoy a short 3D movie.

Have Fun

Fun is just around the corner with Kidtivities. Scroll through 40 great activity ideas you can enjoy with kids two to six years old almost anywhere. Search by indoor or outdoor activity or shake to see what random project comes up. If you’re out with your kids in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mom Maps suggests local parks, playgrounds, kid-friendly restaurants, and museums.

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