The debate as to whether or not women should be allowed to breastfeed openly in public places continues to rage.
That said, I think we can all agree that it’s not easy for mothers to cover up during the summer time. It’s simply too hot for both mom and child. When a little one is hungry, it’s important for women to feel comfortable enough to feed where they can.
Melanie Dudley was sitting in an 86-degree restaurant with her three-month-old son and a few friends, when her baby suddenly decided it was lunch time.
Melanie carefully took out her nipple so that her son could begin breastfeeding without everything else being on display. Only, a man at a nearby table wasn’t comfortable with what she was doing anyway.
The stranger approached Melanie and asked her to cover up. Melanie agreed to cover herself, just not in the manner the man was expecting.
A friend’s daughter-in-law was told to “cover up” while feeding her baby, so she did! I’ve never met her, but I think she’s AWESOME!!! (Please share! With permission, I’ve made this post public — I’m SO over people shaming women for nursing!!!
[PS: To reduce speculation: it was a man who asked her to cover up, it was 90 degrees and extremely humid, and, no, she wasn’t in a Muslim country disrespecting traditions.]
“I did have the cover on, but it was so hot. It was like, 95 degrees, and my little baby was sweating,” the Texan told TODAY.
“I said, ‘You know what? I’m on vacation, I’m taking this off.’”
Melanie couldn’t see the problem, but the man in question did. So, Melanie responded by putting the cover over her head, instead, which left the restaurant in fits of laughter.
Another woman took a photo of Melanie and uploaded it to her Facebook. The resulting post quickly garnered plenty of attention, and has now been shared over 217,000 times.
Suffice to say that Melanie’s actions silenced the man who had told her to hide. Please share this article to pay tribute to Melanie’s ingenuity.