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Pizzeria owner apologizes after breaking breast-feeding law

Published On: Jul 25 2013 10:14:54 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 26 2013 01:01:22 PM CDT

Gilbert Altschul owner of Grampa’s Pizzeria

MADISON, Wis. -

A law passed in 2010 and the anger of breast-feeding Madison moms has a local business owner looking to rectify a mistake Thursday night.

The state law is pretty clear and is the same in 45 other states. It allows moms to nurse in public or private places and no one can direct a mom to move somewhere else.

But an east side restaurant did ask a breast-feeding mom to move and now they are apologizing.

Grampa’s Pizzeria on Willy Street asked a local mom if she would move to a more private place.

The business just opened a couple weeks ago and owner Gilbert Altschul has dealt with a firestorm on Facebook.

So Thursday night, Altschul fed local moms and their kids for free, asking them to see he just made a mistake.

“We offended her, singled her out, and broke the law at the same time. It’s a law we were unaware of, it’s been brought to our attention, so we’re just trying to apologize and move forward with business,” said Altschul.

Altschul said he’s ready to move on and he hopes the anger of local moms that’s come out on the pizza place’s Facebook page can be redirected toward improving the neighborhood in other ways.

“I feel bad for the bad publicity with a business that is just starting,” said Kate Grindrod, a local mom. “As a breast-feeding mother, I feel very strongly about making women feel comfortable because I think it’s really important.”

Grindrod said she thinks it’s important to be able to breastfeed anywhere because of the logistics of breastfeeding.

“When you have kids who nurse and they want to nurse, you basically you to do it. And if you can’t do it in public that really limits where you can go,” said Grindrod.


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