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Several mums and their babies marched on the fast food eatery in solidarity with their “sister” who was stopped by a security guard.
The demo involved the mothers sitting down in the restaurant, bearing a breast and then feeding their little ones.
It came two days after the woman who was thrown out posted on Facebook: “I fed my baby at home before I set out, in order to avoid this [breast-feeding in public], but it was 30C (86F) and my baby was very hot and thirsty.
“I went into the restaurant at nine in the morning and looked around for a quiet spot where I wouldn’t disturb anyone.
“I asked a waitress and she said it would be fine.”
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But she said a security guard approached and told her it was “not acceptable” in the restaurant, repeating this after checking with a manager.
Her story went viral on social media before the short-notice protest was planned at the McDonald’s in the Western Railway Station in Budapest,Hungary.
Erika Schmidt, a mother of three who took part, told the BBC: “Very few women nurse their babies in public in Hungary, because they are afraid they will be harassed or treated disrespectfully.
“This was the first time women have gathered to show their solidarity to each other – it was marvellous.”
The protest was reported as going ahead with a “good atmosphere”.
McDonald’s laid the blame at the unnamed security guard and said an internal investigation was underway.
It said in a statement: “Women are welcome to breast-feed in McDonald’s restaurants as part of the fast food chain’s family-friendly policy.”
Mothers, if you have a baby to breastfeed, please don’t *eat* at McDonalds or other fast food restaurants. If you do, your baby will get, through your breast milk, antibiotics, pesticides, food additives, fillers, coloring, xenoestrogens, plastics and other nasty non foods they should not be getting, along with bad fats and high sodium, at a critical time. Fast food babies will have lifelong health and mental problems. Asthma is one example. ( see http://www.naturalhealthontheweb.com/fast-food-2009/fast-food-nixes-breast-milks-asthma-fighting-benefits )