Women have been shamed countless times for breastfeeding in public, and now one dad has had enough.
Brock Smith, of Naples, Florida, posted a video to Facebook last week to demonstrate how absurd it is to ask a nursing mother to cover up. In the short clip, Smith is seen with a blanket over his head as he tries to eat his lunch.
"Maybe I should just go sit in the toilet," he says. "I can't see anything."
In the caption, Smith says that, "as a dad and a husband," he is tired of the "asinine argument" that public breastfeeding is offensive or inappropriate.
Smith's video has now been viewed more than 9,000 times. It was also shared by Breastfeeding Mama Talk, a popular parenting Facebook page, where it racked up more than 147,000 views and 4,000 shares.
When asked what inspired him to share his stance on public breastfeeding, the dad told Breastfeeding Mama Talk: "[My wife and I] are just so passionate about breastfeeding moms and the selflessness that the act calls for. For people to be ignorant enough to harass a mother trying to have a normal life while breastfeeding a child just infuriates us. We have never been harassed ourselves but we hear all the horror stories from friends and social media... just something we thought to do!"
"For people to be ignorant enough to harass a mother trying to have a normal life while breastfeeding a child just infuriates us."
Ever since Smith's video went viral, he has received praise from hundreds of viewers.
"Well done, my partner breastfeeds our daughter and there's nothing more natural and beautiful about a mother nourishing a baby," one wrote. "To all these do gooders that say it's offensive, simply don't look if it's that offensive, keep on walking."
Another said: "Yay! Love it when men take a passionate stand as well. My hubs stood up to his mom who shamed me for public breastfeeding and he's a HUGE mama's boy so it meant a lot."
Smith's video echoes a movement started by Breastfeeding Mama Talk. Last year, the parenting page came across a sign that told nursing moms to cover up, so they did precisely that. The page posted hilarious photos of moms literally covering themselves up while breastfeeding.
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