Breast-feeding mothers stage nurse-in at Glendale McDonald's

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dozens of moms gathered at a local McDonald's over the weekend to breast-feed their babies in protest after one of them was kicked out for doing just that.

It wasn't your typical lunch hour Saturday at the McDonald's near 51st Avenue and Cactus Road in Glendale. Parents opted not for the Happy Meal, but rather breast milk for their children's lunch.

The nurse-in style protest was put together after a manager kicked out a pair of women and their kids because one of the mothers was breast-feeding.

"It's not about showing your breasts or being inappropriate, it's about feeding your child," said Alisa Ilardo, who attended the protest. "That's all it's about."

Breast-feeding is protected by Arizona state law, which provides that indecent exposure does not include an act of breast-feeding by a mother and entitles a mother to breast-feed in any public place where she is otherwise lawfully present.

"It's sad that society has to frown upon it -- something so natural and such a special gift," said Stephanie Simpson, another mom at the event.

The owner of the McDonald's issued a statement saying this will not happen again and apologized to the customer.