Breastfeeding mother's brilliant response to man in restaurant asking her to cover up goes viral
A breastfeeding mother responded brilliantly when a man in a restaurant asked her to cover up recently.
The woman, Melanie Dudley, complied with the man's request. But instead of covering her chest and her baby, she put a blanket over her head.
A Facebook photo which shows her reaction has now been shared over 210,000 times around the world.
One of her friends who posted the photo explained: "A friend’s daughter-in-law was told to 'cover up' while feeding her baby, so she did! 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," she added.
"[PS: 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 traditions.]
In Ireland, the right to breastfeed in public is protected under the Equal Status Act (2000).
Under law, nobody can be asked to stop nursing, to leave a premises, or to use separate facilities such as a toilet.
Breastfeeding has been shown to have myriad benefits including the fact that babies are 50pc less likely to be obese; breastfeeding benefits their IQ; and reduces their mother's risk of ovarian and breast cancer, heart disease and postpartum depression.