One dad is showing his support to breastfeeding moms everywhere, and is showing just how absurd it is to ask a mother to put a blanket over her infant’s head while breastfeeding.
According to People Magazine, Brock Smith, of Naples, Florida, was recently out eating dinner with his wife, Lauren, and two small children when his 2-month-old daughter started getting upset because she was having to be breastfed under a blanket.
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“This evening was abnormally hot, and our daughter Everly was having a rough time latching to my wife because she was hot and uncomfortable under the cover,” Smith said. “So my wife says, ‘Well Brock, would you like to eat underneath a blanket!?’ So, trying to find the fun in everything, I threw a blanket over my head for the rest of my meal and dessert.”
Smith was sick of his daughter having to hide while she ate and decided to do something to show just how ridiculous it is to expect a baby to eat under a blanket. He then took a blanket and placed it over his head and continued to eat, or attempt to eat, the rest of his food. As many would expect, it wasn’t the easiest of experiences; not only did Brock have trouble drinking his drink, he also fumbled with his utensils, prompting him to say he should just go “eat in the toilet.”
Lauren, Brock’s wife, caught the entire moment on video, and later that evening, she and Brock shared it on their Facebook page. Watch the video, which has now been viewed over 18,000 times, below.
“As a dad and a husband…I’ve had enough of this asinine argument. D Lauren Smith and I are starting a movement…Just sayin….” Brock captioned the video. He then added a series of sarcastic hashtags and promised more videos to come. “#breastfeedingisSOsexy #lactatingnipplesareoffensive #whatdidEvecoverCaneandAblewith? #eatingunderablanketiscooliguess #shouldprobablyjusttakemymealtothebathroomstall #sarcastichashtags. More videos to come. Stay tuned…”
Brock and Lauren run a fitness group, and have become very aware of the issues that surround mothers who choose to breastfeed their children rather than bottle feed. While Brock said his wife has never actually been shamed in public, many of their friends and acquaintances, have.
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“We hear horror stories all the time about the harassment and looks that they receive,” he said. “[My wife] has never been shamed directly, but as her husband, I see the looks, and being in tune with my wife, I know she is uncomfortable with doing it publicly.”
Brock added: “The anxiety with nursing in public with our first child, Elliot, now 3, was so real that she hardly ever left the house. This second time around, I’ve made it my mission to make her feel as comfortable as possible in every situation. I make it my priority to serve my wife in a way that allows her to continually be selfless for our children.”
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Brock is hoping that by taking a stand, even by doing so in a silly way, he will encourage other fathers to support their breastfeeding wives.
“I want men to take away that our wives and partners need our support with nursing,” Smith said. “My wife wants women to take away that there is a community of like-minded moms. Something that is so beautiful and natural has been tainted by society and over-sexualized media – and there is an obvious double-standard.”
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