UPDATE: On April 11, several area mothers along with their young children attended a nurse-in at the Napanee, Ontario Union Burger. The event was spearheaded by local resident and nurse, Ariel Patterson. Also in attendance was Carlo Malatesta district manager for Obsidian Group, Inc., which owns the Union Burger franchise. Malatesta told Napanee Guide reporter Meghan Balough than the incident will bring important changes to the franchise, including re-educating employees across the franchise on how to handle future situations like this.
"We have Union Burger restaurants across Canada and in Florida, and this is a good opportunity for us to re-educate all our staff as well as customers," said Malatesta in his interview with the Napanee Guide. "Not only that, it's good for society. Other businesses may not be aware that this is something that has to be done. It's in the Ontario Human Rights Code, which states that a woman has the right to breastfeed their baby in public uninterrupted and unharassed. Nobody has the right to say to go to a discreet place or to cover up."
On Saturday, March 21 Trenton, ON mother Savannah Benford visited the Napanee, ON franchise location of Union Burger with her family. An encouter with cutomers and restaurant staff while she was breastfeeding her infant daughter prompted her to share the following post on Union Burger's Facebook page:
Within hours, hundreds of mothers shared their disappointment in how poorly restaurant staff handled the situation by commenting on Savannah's original post and new comments on Union Burger's Facebook page and tweeting the company as well.
On Sunday morning, Union Burger had reached out to the mother to offer an apology on Savannah's original post:
As well as posting the following on their Facebook page:
A nurse-in has been scheduled at the Napanee Union Burger location on April 11, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. A Facebook event for the nurse-in has been created for those who wish to support Savannah and #normalizebreastfeeding
Editor's note: This is a developing story, and we ask that comments remain supportive and kind. momstown Kingston reached out to both Savannah and Union Burger and we are awaiting their responses.