Breastfeeding is a totally natural process for every human mother and yet, doing it in public has been a subject of hot debate across the globe. While some believe that women should be allowed to do it anywhere as it is a natural process, others tend to throw a fit linking the spectacle to indecent exposure.
When Melanie Dudley was asked to cover up while breastfeeding her 4-month-old baby at a restaurant, she instantly responded in a hilarious manner leaving the whole Internet chuckling. This incident that happened in 2018 was shared by Carole Lockwood on Facebook and the post immediately went viral garnering over 216K shares and 120K likes.
A mother’s breast milk is the ideal nutrition for infants. The nearly perfect mix of vitamins, proteins, and fat is everything a baby needs to nourish. So, it’s basically an infant’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Wouldn’t banning breastfeeding in public be almost equivalent to violating an infant’s right to nutrition?
Well, this man thought differently.
Melanie Dudley, a Texas resident, is a mother of three. She was sitting in a restaurant in San Cabo Lucas, Mexico on an outing with her family. It was a hot and humid day with the temperatures rising over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Her youngest, who is only 4-months old, showed signs of hunger and Melanie took out her breast to feed him – as any mother would.
Everything went smoothly until a stranger approached Melanie and asked her to cover herself.
“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. I did have the cover on, but it was so hot. It was like, 95 degrees, and my little baby was sweating.”
“Breastfeeding is hard enough. This is another layer we don’t need to deal with,” she added.
Melanie did exactly as the man said – just not in the way he expected.
It wasn’t just mothers who celebrated this mother’s brilliant response. Many others were absolutely thrilled and weighed in with their thoughts.
One of the users wrote, “I would love to know how any of you that are freaking out over a mother feeding her child react when you see someone in a string bikini at the beach. Or a woman with a sheer blouse on. Nobody gives two shit about half-naked women until there’s a kid on the end of her boob. I can’t barely watch a TV show anymore without T&A. But moms breastfeeding is offensive? Give me a break.”