A mother is angry after a manager at a local bar and grill asked her to stop breastfeeding while consuming alcohol.
Crystal McCullough was at Big Woody's in Chesapeake, Virginia and ordered a shot of Fireball Whiskey and a beer, WTKR reports. She claims she was sipping the beer (and a water), but was saving the shot until after she was done breastfeeding. "I had a huge water I was downing. I had a beer and a shot of Fireball in front of me but that was for after I was done. And I had one sip of beer and was not planning on the rest until after I was done nursing," McCullough said.
One of the managers approached McCullough, telling her that several of the other patrons had complained.
When McCullough expressed that she didn't think she was doing anything wrong, the manager closed out her tab, effectively preventing her from buying any more drinks. She left Big Woody's shortly afterward.
McCullough immediately posted her concerns on Facebook. The response has been heated from both sides of the debate. Supportive mothers and breastfeeding advocacy groups claim McCullough's breastfeeding in public made the bar staff and the patrons uncomfortable. But the bar's owner states that it was the consumption of alcohol while breastfeeding that caused the stir.
"Our concern was for the child, really that's what it is," explained Craig Davis, one of the owners of Big Woody's.