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Nursing mothers rally at restaurant in Norwich

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NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

Dozens of nursing mothers rallied together after they were outraged by a restaurant's reaction to a mom breastfeeding her child. 

One person heard about the mother's incident on Facebook and the issue grew from there. Mothers are now trying to educate the restaurant about the power of breastfeeding. 

More than 50 breastfeeding moms were inside the Norwich Friendly's restaurant for what they are calling a nursing demonstration. 

"We are peacefully protesting the fact that the manager of Friendly's didn't know the law regarding breastfeeding mothers and nurse where we choose," said Liz Linehan. 

They want to educated this restaurant and other about breastfeeding moms in public. This stemmed from an incident earlier in the week when a mom was nursing her 8-week-old daughter and the manager told her to cover up because it was offending guests. 

"I feed her wherever she wants to be fed and no one said anything to me. I thought people were over it. Like, I thought it was an OK thing to do," said Tabatha Donahue. 

The state law on breastfeeding states they do not have to cover the baby with a towel or a blanket. 

Friendly's restaurant responded to the story, sending us a statement that said, "we welcome breastfeeding moms as guests to dine at any of our Friendly's restaurants." 

"In Friendly's defense, they allowed us to come here today," Linehan said. 

The moms hope their demonstration will show other restaurants or public places that it's their right to feed their children in public. 

"We need to let people know that breasts are made to feed babies," said Linehan. 

"Babies need to eat, too. It's a restaurant. It's for eating," Donahue said. 

A woman who was with Friendly's corporate office was at the restaurant in Norwich today, but she said there was no further comment. 

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