Breastfeeding Mom's Response To Being Told To 'Cover Up' Shows How Ridiculous That Request Is

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

It's pretty absurd that something so natural and beneficial as breastfeeding is still so often frowned upon when done in public. In order to de-stigmatize public breastfeeding — something that is legal in every U.S. states — many mothers are taking to social media to talk about the issue, and to stand up for their right to breastfeed wherever they need.  

The latest person to add to the conversation about public breastfeeding is Austin, Texas mom Melanie Dudley. 

Th 34-year-old experienced an issue while she was on vacation in Cabo San Lucas nursing her 4-month-old baby in the back of a hotel bistro. In a Facebook post shared by Carol Lockwood, it says a man asked Dudley to "cover up" in the 90 degree humid weather.

In response, the-mom-of-three asked her husband for a blanket. Then she put it over her own head.

Lockwood explaining that Dudley is a friend's daughter-in-law and that she loved the brilliant response. "I've never met her, but I think she's AWESOME!" she wrote. She is also encouraging other people to share the post in an effort to put an end to shaming women for breastfeeding in public — a discussion that's especially appropriate this month given that it is Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  

In just a week, the Facebook post has been shared over 199K times and liked 65K times.

Not only is it sparking  dialogue about public breastfeeding, but many are showing their support for Dudley. 

One woman said, "This is one of the funniest things I've ever seen! 😂😂Great job momma!!"

A commenter pointed out, "Typically a woman nursing a baby shows far less breast, rarely, if ever any nipple, then some women show when they are completely dressed."

Dudley explained to Yahoo! Lifestyle that the decision to cover her face was actually spontaneous. "I was on vacation in Cabo San Lucas with my entire family and a man asked me to cover myself," she says. "I'm usually discreet, but we were seated in the back of the restaurant." She put the blanket over head just before her husband snapped the photo. She added that though the photo has also received some pushback, she's glad that she's inspiring other moms to feel more empowered to breastfeed wherever is comfortable. "Breastfeeding is hard enough," she told Yahoo Lifestyle. "This is another layer we don't need to deal with."

(H/T: HuffPost)

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