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Mothers protest to raise awareness of breastfeeding rights

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WEBSTER, Texas -

Mothers banding together, to stand behind another mom who says she was kicked out of a Webster gym's daycare for nursing her baby there.

These mothers just want to raise awareness and remind people that breastfeeding mothers are protected under Texas state law.

Now this wasn't the only protest being held today...mothers also gathered at several Applebee's restaurants across the nation after officers were called on a mother in Georgia who was nursing her baby in the back of a restaurant two weeks ago.

"In the state of Texas I have the right to feed my child anywhere I have the right to be," said mother Kennalyn Spozio.

"All mothers deserve the same rights, all mothers deserve the right to take care of their child as they see fit," said mother Lori Painter.

But according to these mothers, many businesses aren't following the law.

"The problem is that a lot of businesses are kicking mothers out for discretely trying to feed out children,"said Kennalyn.

"Today we are out here bringing awareness to the fact that breastfeeding mothers should have the option to feed their child as any mother has the option to feed their child anywhere and anytime they are hungry," said Lori.

Lori Painter is one of many moms peacefully protesting today outside of Blast Fitness in Webster.

Earlier this week, Lori says she was breastfeeding her son inside the gym's daycare and was asked to leave and go to the restroom.

It's part of a nationwide nurse-in today in response to a mother in Georgia who was breastfeeding in the back of a restaurant and was told to go to the bathroom. 

When she refused, police were called.

It's incidents like these that are infuriating some mothers.

These Houston ladies say baby or adult, nobody should have to eat in a bathroom regardless of how the food is delivered.

"That's not sanitary…and our children have developing immune systems and should not be expected to do that as well," said Lori.

"I think the thought of feeding her in the bathroom is awful, she's at the age where she's grabbing things, I don't want her grabbing things in a toilet," said Kennalyn.

"I think it's absolutely disgusting, even to be outside or go to your car it's not okay, it's not acceptable," said mother Casey Risinger.

The moms say: the law is the law.  People and businesses need to be aware of it and educate others.

"It's ignorance because they don't know the law, I don't think a business is trying to be mean, I just don't think they're educated on the law," said Kennalyn.

"To ask corporations to step up to the game and not just offer a simple apology but to offer true employee training that is thorough," said mother Michelle Hickman.

Once educated, they say enforcement is key.

"A law without enforcement is kind of silly to have, it's like saying I want you to go the speed limit, but if you don't, you won't be ticketed," said Michelle.

Despite the law, gym-goers yesterday told me, they just think breastfeeding in public is a bit inappropriate:

"I'm old fashioned, I don't think it's proper."

"You should have a room."

"I would take precautions not to offend anyone and show nudity."

But it's not nudity.   According to Texas state law, breastfeeding in public is not considered indecent exposure.

"We see breastfeeding as the best for them and if people don't like it they just need to look the other way because as mothers, we are making the best decision that we can for our children," said Lori.

"I nurse in public all the time uncovered I'm not shy about it.  If you don't like it then you need to go somewhere else," said Casey.

There is a new hotline mother scan call to report nursing in public incidents.

That number is 855-NIP-FREE.

And I stopped by Blast Fitness to see if they wanted to talk, they chose not to comment.

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