Oregon mom asked to cover up in restaurant when breastfeeding

, Posted: Mon, August 18 2014 at 1:34 PM, Updated: Mon, August 18 2014 at 1:45 PM

Oregon mom asked to cover up in restaurant when breastfeeding

Clackamas, Ore. -- (CNN) -- Told to cover up while breastfeeding, an Oregon woman is asserting her rights -- and she has help doing it.

The mother returned to the restaurant with a crowd of nursing women and held a nurse-in at the restaurant on Sunday.

"I'm hoping that this time is a much more positive experience,” said Erin Klein. Erin said she and her husband were at Ram Restaurant at Clackamas Town Center when an employee asked her to cover up while feeding her infant son.

"When someone is asked to leave or asked to cover up, a nurse-in is the proper response," said Jennifer McConnell who organized the event after she heard Klein's story, earlier this week. "It's not something to be ashamed of,” continued McConnell, “It's something we have a right to do. It's best for our babies."

She and dozens of other moms showed up to the restaurant. A spokesperson there said since last weekend, they've clarified their breastfeeding policy, which is to simply follow state law.

"We look at this as an opportunity to train our people,” said restaurant spokesperson Mark Schmerhorn. Earlier this week, in a statement, The Ram said, "we were acting on concerns of other guests, including mothers with children who were offended by the lack of discretion with regards to exposure."

"They seem to be saying that so many mothers have been able to breast-feed in their restaurant before and there must have been something wrong about the way that we were doing it and that we were being indiscreet,” said Klein.

But Klein and all these moms say they're hopeful that won't always be the case.

"We just want to normalize breastfeeding," said McConnell. 

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