Breastfeeding mum told to ‘cover up’ in public puts blanket over her head

Breastfeeding in public - mum with baby blanket over her head
Credit: Carol Lockwood

A mum who was shamed for breastfeeding in public had the best response to being told to “cover up” – by throwing the baby blanket over her own head.

Melanie Dudley from Austin in Texas, was out with her children in a restaurant, and breastfeeding her four-month-old baby when a man came over to her and told her to cover up.

So in attempt to normalise nursing and defy the man’s ignorance, the 34-year-old mum covered up her own head with the baby blanket.

Sharing the picture on Facebook, Carol Lockwood wrote: “I’ve never met her, but I think she’s awesome.

“I’m so over people shaming women for nursing. 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 tradition.”

The post, which has now gone viral, has attracted lots of comments from mums worldwide who want to break the taboo of breastfeeding in public.

One person commented: “Good for her, there are too many people giving judgement on this sort of thing. It’s natural!”

While someone else said: “The most natural thing since the dawn of time and this is what people want to argue about!?! Well I guess they will have to get over it because there are laws in place to protect what God intended for a mother to do for her child!”

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Another added: “Good for her and the baby. She should have told the man who asked her to cover up, to grow up… that is what breasts are for!”

Speaking to Yahoo, the mum-of-three said: “I was on vacation in Cabo San Lucas with my entire family and a man asked me to cover myself,

“I’m usually discreet but we were seated in the back of the restaurant.”

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