On none other than National Pancake Day, it was IHOP to the rescue of a trio of moms who were being harassed for nursing in public. Unfortunately, police who were called to the scene made the whole situation worse.
Let's start from the beginning. On Tuesday, Tiara Wilson and a few of her mom friends headed to an Aurora, Colorado IHOP with their kids, since the chain was giving out free short stacks in honor of National Pancake Day.
"We were enjoying ourselves, not bothering anyone. We ate our food, laughed, talked," Wilson writes in a post shared on the Facebook page Breastfeeding Mama Talk. "A family walked in and sat down next to us. No big deal right? Wrong. About three of the seven of us started to feed our babies because we didn't think much of it. While breastfeeding, that same family that was sitting next to us decided to snap a picture of us feeding our babies."
Not cool. And it gets worse:
"[The father] decided to make disgusting faces and snarky little remarks to his family. Then his family decided to take photos and decided that they would sit there the whole time and mean mug."
One of the women in Wilson's party went to get a manager. And on behalf of the mothers, that manager called the police, refused to bring the taunting table their check and prevented them from dashing before officials arrived. Unfortunately, the cops didn't prove to be similar advocates for nursing moms.
"The Aurora Police Department COPD said, 'Go to the bathroom or use a cover if you don't want to be bothered or have pictures snapped while feeding,'" Wilson reports.
Once again, not cool.
We've seen law enforcement officials get it wrong before. Last year, a Sheriff’s Deputy threatened to arrest a Georgia mom for breastfeeding in a grocery store. Luckily, this women knew her rights. In the US, 48 states—Georgia and Colorado included—have laws in place to protect a mother’s right to breastfeed in public.
The Aurora police department is looking into how the situation was handled. For now, we'll settle on this conclusion: Pancake-serving establishments seem to be on the side of breastfeeding moms.