Breastfeeding is a natural, normal and pure act of the human lifecycle, so public breastfeeding should be welcomed.
In spite of the fact that this is the 21st century, breastfeeding in public is still a taboo topic. Not everyone feels comfortable being in a park or a restaurant, and a mom nearby starts breastfeeding her child. Mothers all around the world face these kinds of problems.
The world average of breastfeeding is 41%. When compared to 2014, when only 14% of all mothers in Mexico breastfed for the first 2 months, today that number is 30%.
Mexico is one of the countries with the lowest breastfeeding rates. Non-profit organizations are attempting to raise awareness that moms have to breastfeed their children. In order to motivate new mothers to breastfeed, in 2015 the Mexican government forbade using free baby formula.
But, those who DO breastfeed, face criticism constantly. That’s the case of Melanie Dudley. She is a stay-at-home mother of three children from Texas.
Melanie was on a vacation in Cabo San Lucas. She and her husband were seated in the back of a restaurant, in a not-so-public place. She had to breastfeed her 4-month-old baby, but it was extremely hot outside, so she had no choice but dong it inside the restaurant.
However, when she started breastfeeding, a man approached her and told her to cover up. Then, the unexpected happened. Instead of her covering up her breasts, this brave woman put a blanket over her head. Hilarious, right? J
Her quick-thinking husband immediately took a photo, which a family friend later posted on her Facebook profile. The photo went viral, and now has over a thousand shares.
A man wrote: “As a man I could never understand how people are fine with all kind of nudity, when breasts are displayed as sexual objects but disgusted when they are displayed for their natural use. Feed on breastfeeding women. Your child will thank you.”
Another comment was: “Men walk around shirtless all the time, just because there’s an actual function to women’s nipples, we have to cover them?
Forget that! If I’m subjected to a summer of man boobs, y’all can shush about breastfeeding!”
A mother doesn’t have to feel embarrassed to breastfeed her child, since there is nothing wrong with it. Breasts don’t have to serve for sexual purposes; they were made to feed babies.
Since July 2018, public breastfeeding has been legalized in 50 states. But, there are still some new mothers who are ashamed of having to breastfeed in a public place.
Next time you think of making a mom self-conscious, think of the horror the baby would go through when being covered up, in a hot, summer day.
Let’s all salute Melanie’s clever response to the inappropriate request.