We've heard a lot of thoughtful, impassioned arguments from moms who have to defend their rights to breastfeed in public, but we've never come across anything quite as powerful as this.

Hollie McNish, a published U.K. poet and spoken word artist, posted a video entitled "Embarrassed" on YouTube on July 4, that slowly but surely became a viral sensation.

McNish's edgy, rap-like stanzas describe what it feels like to be publically shamed into hiding out in toilet stalls to breastfeed her daughter.

"I thought it was OK.
I could understand the reasons.
They said: there might be a man or nervous child seeing this small piece of flesh that they weren't quite expecting.
So I whispered and tiptoed with nervous discretion.
But after 6 months of her life sat sitting on lids,
Sipping on milk, nostrils sniffing on piss,
Trying not to bang her head on toilet roll dispensers,
I wonder if these public loo feeds offend her,
'Cause I'm getting tired of discretion and being polite.
My baby's first sips are drown-drenched in shite..."

She goes on to expose the irony of billboards and magazines in the United Kingdom covered in women's breasts...with a little more colourful language.

The video, which had about 9,000 views on Friday, has climbed to more than 500,000 views by Thursday.

LOOK — HuffPost Canada readers on all sides of the breastfeeding debate react to McNish's video:

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    The singer recently <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alanis-morisette/attachment-parenting_b_1563667.html" target="_hplink">expressed</a> her pro-attachement parenting beliefs and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/21/celebrities-who-breastfeed_n_1533167.html" target="_hplink">said</a>, "I breastfeed and I'll be breastfeeding until my son is finished and he weans," on "The Billy Bush Show."

  • Beyonce

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  • Alicia Silverstone

    Alicia Silverstone -- whose <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/27/alicia-silverstone-chews-food-for-bear-blue-mouth-to-mouth_n_1383262.html" target="_hplink">pre-mastication video</a> thrust her baby-feeding philosophy into the public spotlight -- was once <a href="http://socialitelife.com/is-alicia-silverstone-breastfeeding-bear-blu-while-walking-photos-video-03-2012" target="_hplink">photographed breastfeeding</a> Bear Blu <em>while</em> walking.

  • Mayim Bialik

    Actress, <a href="http://www.kveller.com/blog/parenting/it-may-be-time-to-wean-my-three-year-old/" target="_hplink">Mayim Bialik blogged</a> in September about starting to wean her 3-year-old. In her new book, "Beyond The Sling," Bialik writes that he still nurses about five times a day, and r<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/14/attachment-parenting-mayim-bialik_n_1515029.html" target="_hplink">ecently told CNN</a> "it is still a tremendous source of discipline, and of bonding, that occurs between a mother and a child."

  • Alyssa Milano

    Milano <a href="http://www.bestforbabes.org/alyssa-milano-charmed-by-breastfeeding" target="_hplink">told Best for Babes</a> that she has had no trouble breastfeeding her son, Milo. "I was lucky to have a baby who from the moment he came into the world, was a pro at latching on," she said.

  • Tori Spelling

    In November 2011, Spelling's husband, Dean McDermott <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/01/tori-spelling-talks-tople_n_1123162.html?" target="_hplink">accidentally tweeted a photo </a>of his son, Liam, who was 4 at the time, which showed Spelling's breasts in the background. "I am a mom, I was nursing my baby... [Dean] was so devasted about it that I couldn't be mad. I mean it was genuinely an accident," Spelling <a href="http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/29/tori-spelling-at-least-my-breasts-looked-great/" target="_hplink">told CNN about the incident</a>.

  • Kourtney Kardashian

    Kourtney K. quit breastfeeding son, Mason, when he was 14 months old. "I think I stopped early because my sisters were like 'OK, it's time, it's time,'" <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/07/kourtney-kardashian-talks_n_1000125.html" target="_hplink">she said on the "Today" show</a>. "I miss it, I loved it."

  • Miranda Kerr

    Shortly after giving birth to her son, Flynn, Kerr <a href="http://www.koraorganics.com/blog/live-in-my-skin/all-things-organic/organic-certification/our-darling-little-man-xxx/" target="_hplink">posted a photo</a> on her blog that husband Orlando took of her nursing.

  • Gisele Bundchen

    In 2010, Bundchen <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/gisele-bundchen-mandatory-breastfeeding-should-be-a-worldwide-law-201028" target="_hplink">declared there should be a "worldwide law" </a>requiring new mothers to breastfeed for six months after they give birth. Many critics</a> were unhappy with her statement, and <a href="http://www.bettyconfidential.com/ar/ld/a/gisele-backtracks-on-breastfeeding-law-comment.html" target="_hplink">she eventually clarified</a> by writing on her blog: "My intention in making a comment about the importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law. It comes from my passion and beliefs about children."

  • Kendra Wilkinson

    Wilkinson <a href="http://www.babyzone.com/mom/celebrity-babies/kendra-wilkinson_210550" target="_hplink">once told Baby Zone</a> an outrageous story about the first party she went to after giving birth to baby Hank: "I went to Eve nightclub in Vegas and my boobs started leaking. I couldn't do anything so I breastfed myself [laughs]. And it tasted sweet, too!"

  • Salma Hayek

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/10/salma-hayek-breastfeeds-a_n_165676.html" target="_hplink">Salma Hayek breastfed a newborn baby boy in Africa </a>whose mother had no milk in 2009. Hayek was weaning her own daughter, Valentina, at the time, but still had milk to donate.

  • Naomi Watts

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/13/radiant-naomi-watts-steps_n_157477.html" target="_hplink">Watts told PEOPLE magazine in 2009</a> that breastfeeding was how she lost weight. "He's sucking it all out of me, it seems," she said.

  • Rebecca Romijn

    In 2009, Romijn <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/30/rebecca-romijn-on-weight_n_194226.html" target="_hplink">told Extra!</a>, "Breastfeeding is the very best diet I've been on. It's amazing."

  • Angelina Jolie

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  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck

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  • Christina Aguilera

    Five weeks after giving birth to son, Max, Aguilera <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/02/20/christina-aguilera-talks-_n_87645.html" target="_hplink">went on The Ellen Show </a>wearing a low cut, revealing dress that prompted the talk show host to ask, "Are you nursing?"

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    Stefani was still breastfeeding son, Kingston, when she went on tour in 2007. <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2007/aug/05/fashion.popandrock" target="_hplink">She told The Guardian</a>, "I don't know when I'm going to stop breastfeeding... I'll just keep going while I can -- like, he's getting his teeth so it is a little bit scary. He's bitten me a few times!"

  • Jennifer Garner

    In the the April 2007 issue Garner told <a href="http://celebritybabies.people.com/2007/03/25/jennifer_garner_3-4/" target="_hplink">Allure Magazine:</a> "All I ever heard was everyone bitch about [nursing] -- nobody ever said, 'You are not going to believe how emotional this is.' It's like, I'll say I'm going to stop, and then I'm in there, feeding her."

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Gyllenhaal was <a href="http://celebritybabies.people.com/2007/05/05/maggie_gyllenha/" target="_hplink">photographed by the paparazzi </a>in 2007 nursing her daughter, Ramona, during a walk by the Hudson River.

  • Kate Beckinsale

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  • Mary-Louise Parker

    In 2004, when Mary-Louise Parker won a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K91VXG6xFI" target="_hplink">Golden Globe for "Angels in America"</a> she said, "Janel Moloney just told me she would pay me $1,000 if I thanked my newborn son for making my boobs look so good in this dress."

In an email to HuffPost Parents, McNish explained why she waited a few years to share the poem, and reacted to the incredible impact it's had.

McNish, whose daughter is now 3, said she's "in the process of putting together all the poems I didn't share with people, that I wrote when [my baby] was under one" — "a kind of 45 minute diary reading" full of "awkward things I thought no-one else was thinking or feeling" that will be out soon.

"My partner has been telling me I should share the poem for a long time and, well, I've been too embarrassed," she explained. But now she wishes she'd shared it earlier, because "all of the comments and support would have helped me so so much then."

Not surprisingly, the video is getting thousands of positive and tearful comments from supportive moms and dads around the world.

One YouTube user Caitlin Harper commented, "So, so true. I could never bring myself to try feeding my son in public. And I failed him. I couldn't keep my supply up when I couldn't bring myself to feed him when we were out."

Another user, ejoelleduval, said, "I hate that breasts have become so sexualized that they have lost their original purpose in the public mind. It is acceptable to wear bikinis that cover less, but taboo to feed your child. Overall opinion is that you are less of a mother if you bottle feed, but they won't let you do it in public. Is this just another way to shame us back into roles that were relevant 50 years ago?"

So who says feminism is dying? Seems like some battles are still just getting started.

HuffPost Canada readers are also weighing in on all sides of the debate..

One reader, catsvisions, said: "Definitely one of the best responses to a problem that many of us have dealt with...I remember I finally gave up after one particular nasty experience in a restroom at a restaurant. The smell was overwhelming. That was the last time my baby was going to have her meal on a toilet. Anytime someone said something to me after that, I just told them they should go eat their meal in the toilet."

In response to an equal flood of negative, snarky (and some downright sexist) comments, another user, debrw, said: "I sure wish that all the people who are 'offended' by breastfeeding would get offended at the fact there are starving children in our world, that there is a thriving child porn industry, that there are children being abused everywhere. I can think of any number of real issues to get offended by!"

Also on HuffPost:

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  • At Hollister

    Brittany Warfield, a mother of three from Texas, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/07/hollister-nurse-in_n_2425541.html" target="_blank">was nursing her 7-month-old outside of a Hollister store in a Houston mall, she says a manager forced her to move</a>. “He said, ‘You can’t do this here. This is not where you do that. You can’t do that on Hollister property. We don’t allow that.’ I said, ‘It’s Texas. I can breastfeed anywhere I like.’ He said, ‘Not at Hollister. Your stroller is blocking the way. You have to go,’” she recalls.

  • On Facebook

    Mom and breastfeeding advocate <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/12/emma-kwasnica-breastfeeding-mom-facebook_n_1203198.html" target="_hplink">Emma Kwasnica</a>had posted over 200 photos on Facebook of herself nursing her own three children and told the Huffington Post that her account has been suspended at least five times as a result. She organized a nurse-in in front of Facebook headquarters to challenge the company's policy that says photos depicting breastfeeding are "inappropriate."

  • At Target

    Houston mother Michelle Hickman says she was <a href="http://www.bestforbabes.org/target-employees-bully-breastfeeding-mom-despite-corporate-policy" target="_hplink">harassed and humiliated by Target staff </a>when she found a quiet space in the store to breastfeed her infant. She organized an international "nurse-in" at several Target locations on Tuesday December 28th. Pictured above is mom who participated, Brittany Hinson and her 4-month-old son, Kennedy, in front of the Super Target store, in Webster, Texas.

  • At A Cafe

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/16/breastfeeding-flash-mob_n_1153963.html?ref=parents" target="_hplink">Claire Jones-Hughes wrote</a>: "After being verbally attacked for not covering up while feeding my four-month-old, I decided it was time to make a statement to show that mothers will no longer tolerate being harassed for feeding our babies in public." She then staged a breastfeeding flash mob at the Clock Tower in Brighton, UK.

  • In A Government Building

    Simone dos Santos was breastfeeding her four-month-old in the hallway of a D.C. government building when <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/14/simone-dos-santos_n_1148455.html#s542782&title=McDonalds_" target="_hplink">two female security guards told her to stop</a> because it was indecent. "I was shocked, upset and angry that by providing food for my son, I was being treated like a criminal," she wrote in a blog post for the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/therootdc/post/dc-guard-no-breastfeeding-in-public/2011/12/12/gIQA2xYvtO_blog.html" target="_hplink">Washington Post</a>.

  • In The Courtroom

    In November, Natalie Hegedus, a Michigan resident, was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/14/natalie-hegedus-courtroom-breastfeeding_n_1089271.html" target="_hplink">asked to leave a courtroom</a> by a district judge. Her post on the community forum, <a href="http://community.babycenter.com/post/a30189175/bf_inappropriate_judge_thinks_so" target="_hplink">BabyCenter</a>, caused a national uproar.

  • In Another Courtroom

    In August 2010, Nicole House was asked to leave the courtroom because a bailiff noticed her breastfeeding.

  • On A Bus

    This past June, a mom was <a href="http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/07052011breastfeeding-mom-harassed-on-city-bus/" target="_hplink">harassed by a bus driver</a> for breastfeeding on a Detroit-area bus.

  • On A Plane

    Back in 2006, 27-year-old mom, Emily Gillette, was <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15720339/ns/travel-news/t/woman-kicked-plane-breast-feeding-baby/#.Tr2Eh1ZSmGg" target="_hplink">removed from a Delta flight</a> for breastfeeding. Watch a news clip about this story <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0r6gbJpc18" target="_hplink">here</a>.

  • At The Mall

    Ohio mom Rhonda claimed that she was <a href="http://consumerist.com/2011/02/woman-says-mall-made-her-leave-for-breastfeeding-in-public.html" target="_hplink">kicked out of her local mall</a> for breastfeeding, back in February. Mall security even called for back-up.

  • At The Pool

    We've heard about <a href="http://blogs.babble.com/strollerderby/2011/07/21/mom-asked-to-leave-ymca-pool-while-breastfeeding-it-made-others-uncomfortable-and-breastmilk-is-considered-a-contaminating-bodily-fluid/" target="_hplink">these incidents</a> from coast to coast. In 2001, a mother nursing her 9-month-old was told to <a href="http://www.komonews.com/news/archive/4015441.html?tab=video" target="_hplink">move away from the edge of the pool</a> so as to avoid contaminating the water with her breast milk.

  • In Her Religious Community

    One mom <a href="http://www.mothering.com/community/t/567001/basically-forced-out-of-church-for-breastfeeding" target="_hplink">posted a frustrated essay</a> in November 2006, detailing her pastor telling her that photos of her breastfeeding were equivalent to pornography. She and her husband decided to leave the church after this incident.

  • At McDonald's

    Clarissa Bradford was <a href="http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/north_phoenix/nursing-mother-kicked-out-of-mcdonald's" target="_hplink">kicked out of a McDonald's</a> by an assistant manager for breastfeeding her 6-month-old child in August 2010.