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Breastfeeding moms stage nurse-in

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HAPPY VALLEY, OR (KPTV) -

You've heard of a sit-in, but how about a nurse-in?

That's what dozens of moms staged at the same restaurant where a woman said she was told to cover up while breastfeeding last weekend.

"I'm hoping that this time is a much more positive experience," Erin Klein said.

She 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.

"That's what you do," Jennifer McConnell said. "When someone is asked to leave or asked to cover up, a nurse-in is the proper response."

McConnell organized the event after she heard Klein's story.

"It's not something to be ashamed of. It's something we have a right to do. It's best for our babies," McConnell said.

She and dozens of other moms showed up.

A spokesperson for the restaurant chain said, since the incident 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 and to update them," spokesperson Mark Schmerhorn said.

Earlier this week, the company issued a statement that said, "The issue in this case is not a woman's right to breastfeed in public. We respect that right. In this case, 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 breastfeed in their restaurant before and there must have been something wrong about the way we were doing it and that we were being indiscreet," Klein said.

She and the other moms said they're hopeful that won't always be the case.

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

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