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Saturday, July 02, 2005


What Starbucks thinks about my boobs

Here is Starbucks' reply to my June 28th email to them.

Dear Ms. Tsao,

Thank you for contacting Starbucks Coffee Company.

Starbucks welcomes a broad and diverse group of customers to its stores, including nursing mothers. In an isolated incident in August of 2004, a nursing mother in a Maryland Starbucks store was asked to cover up while breastfeeding her child. Maryland recently passed a specific law that prohibits any person from limiting or restricting a mother's right to breastfeed in public. This law applies to all Maryland businesses. When we learned of the Maryland mother's complaint, we quickly apologized for her negative experience. Additionally, to help us ensure compliance with the Maryland law, we sent a reminder to stores in the state reinforcing the law. We believe this is the best way to educate all of our Maryland store partners (employees) on the issue.

While Starbucks does not have a formal policy regarding mothers breastfeeding babies within our stores, we welcome nursing mothers to our stores. Starbucks complies with all applicable state and local laws regarding breastfeeding.

Again, thank you for contacting Starbucks Coffee Company.

Ericka H.
Customer Relations Representative