‘Cover up’

Breastfeeding mother’s unapologetic reaction to man who tried to shame her goes viral

Melanie Dudley was asked to 'cover up' while breastfeeding her baby. (Facebook)

A Texas woman who was asked by a man to “cover up” while breastfeeding her baby in the back of a restaurant has gone viral on social media after her husband photographed her defiant response. Melanie Dudley, 34, told Yahoo News that she, her husband, her 4-year-old twins, and her young baby were on vacation in Cabo San Lucas when a man took exception to her daring to breastfeed in public.

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

Not impressed by the man’s demand, Dudley asked her husband to throw her a cover and proceeded to use it to conceal her own face before continuing to breastfeed the infant. A picture of Dudley breastfeeding with her face covered went viral after it was shared to Facebook by a family friend, Carol Lockwood.

“A friend’s daughter-in-law was told to ‘cover up’ while feeding her baby, so she did!” wrote Lockwood. “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!!!”

Public breastfeeding is legal across the U.S., but incidents where people try to shame nursing mothers into covering up nonetheless continue to occur on a regular basis. People’s tolerance for such intolerance, however, is beginning to wane. Just weeks ago, a South Carolina woman was fired from her job after declaring that she planned on punching any mother who dared breastfeed in front of her.

Read the full story at HuffPost.

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