Breastfeeding woman shamed at Texas Roadhouse


Sadie Durbin breastfeeding Texas Roadhouse Credit: Jennifer Rittenberry

Sadie Durbin, a Louisville, Kentucky resident and mother, was told to cover up while breastfeeding her seven week old child at a Texas Roadhouse restaurant on November 16, 2018.

Sadie Durbin was feeding her child quietly when a manager approached her.

“David Mitchell, a manager at the Texas Roadhouse, brought me a napkin and tried laying it over my seven week old nursing infant’s face as he explained that he had another patron complain and that he really needed me to cover up,”  Durbin explained in an interview with WDRB.

Durbin moved away and explained to the manager that it was against Kentucky state law for him to insist her to cover up.

Kentucky Law states that a mother may breastfeed her baby or express breast milk in any location, public or private and no person shall interfere with a mother breastfeeding her child.

Durbin claims that the manager “threw the napkin” and walked away with a “huff.”

Durbin was quick to take to social media with a Facebook post that has earned over 28k shares.

“It’s sad to me that, in 2018, there is not more education to employees, that this man, who is clearly in his 50s, didn’t know he was breaking the law,” Durbin said.

The manager never returned to the table after Durbin explained the law to him. Only after Durbin asked another server who the complaining patrons were, did he finally came back to their table.

The manager then proceeded to throw his hands up and say angrily, “I’m not at liberty to tell you that. Listen lady, I’ve done nothing wrong,'” Durbin claims in her Facebook post.

After the incident had taken place, the restaurant apologized and has reached out to Sadie Durbin. Texas Roadhouse also met with the members of La Leche League of Louisville – a pro-breastfeeding organization and hosted a nurse-in. A nurse-in is a protest where a nursing in public or a workplace pumping incident occurs.

Jeff White, a managing partner of Texas Roadhouse, said they will “use this incident to educate our employees to the rights of nursing mothers as part of our commitment to providing a welcoming and family-friendly dining experience for everyone.”