A mum has spoken out about how she was shamed for breastfeeding in a restaurant by her parents.
Kelly Stanley, 23, from the US, said her nine-month-old daughter Maya was getting “irritable” during dinner so she pulled her shirt down and fed her.
“Someone at the dinner table then grabs one of those cloth napkins and tries to toss it over me,” she wrote on Instagram.
“I asked him what he was doing, and he said he was trying to cover me. We were at Bonefish, and apparently that is too ‘nice’ of a restaurant to nurse a baby uncovered.”
According to the Daily Mail, Stanley stated that the person she was referring to was her father.
Continuing her Instagram post, Stanley wrote: “I wish I could say I was polite and respectful about the situation.
“Actually, I lied. I don’t wish that. I went off on him and I’m glad I did. You know why? Because the gesture was humiliating.
“Because no woman should ever feel like she is being inappropriate or immodest by feeding her baby, anywhere, ever.”
Stanley said when a baby is hungry, it is a mother’s natural instinct to feed them.
Stanley said, according to the Daily Mail: “My parents were visiting and took my husband and I out to dinner.
“I pulled my shirt down to nurse [Maya]. My dad quickly grabbed a linen cloth and shoved it at me while I was nursing my baby.
‘He told me to cover myself. My mum stated that I was being inconsiderate of people who ‘don’t want to see that’.”
Stanley has received messages of support on her Instagram post.
“Bravo sister,” one person wrote. “It is your choice to breastfeed your child. They are in the wrong.”