Anyone who has ever been to the local Noah’s Ark restaurant in Bremerton, WA, should be able to tell you what a great and family friendly place it is. Not only that, but the Garguile family is one of the sweetest, kindest, and generous families around. They have helped the community in many ways over the past forty years. Everyone is greeted with a friendly smile and served with a great spirit. So when I heard what has recently happened there, I felt I needed to do something about it.
A customer was standing in line, holding her baby…with her breast completely exposed. It appeared that she was preparing to breastfeed, but it had not happened yet. A couple of other customers brought it to an employee’s attention, so this same employee went quietly to the woman, and explained that though she is very pro-breastfeeding, and knew that the lady legally could do as she pleased in this situation, from one woman to another, would she please cover up a bit. Instead of a rational response, this woman has blasted it all over social media, on every “pro-breastfeeding” page she could think of, and has threatened Noah’s Ark with a discrimination lawsuit. Please note that she was never asked to leave, and the option to cover up out of respect of others was a request, not a demand. She has also scheduled a “nurse-in” for tomorrow, Saturday, July 11, at 11:00 am, where the Kitsap Sun and other news outlets have said they will be. Noah’s has responded with nothing but what I would expect from them, humility, grace, and generosity. They posted a very humble apology on their Facebook page and have even offered free milkshakes to the first fifty moms that show up to this nurse-in. This is a very gracious response to a very ungracious customer. It boils my blood when people expect to be shown a certain level of respect that they themselves are unwilling to show to others.
Here is what I am wanting to do, and I need the help of as many of you as possible! I am wanting to have a group of modest breastfeeding moms show up to this nurse-in to prove a point. The point being that you can breastfeed in public and still maintain modesty. We don’t have to expose our breasts for all the world to see, even for something as natural as breastfeeding. If we can get a group together, we will be showing the Garguile family that we support them! They are a Christian family that has done business in a God honoring way, and are continuing to do so, even in the face of adversity. So, to show our support, let’s come together, with our nursing babies and join the nurse-in in a modest approach. If you can, be there by 10:50 am, show your support, and you may even get a free milkshake!