Public breastfeeding continues to be an issue that generates all kinds of heated responses. Yes, there is a vocal group of people who seem hell-bent on question a mother's choice to do so (I am personally a huge fan of being told what to do with my body, so thanks for that), but there are also things every grown-ass man does when his partner breastfeeds in public that can essentially and effectively shut down those vocal individuals, making any woman's unapologetic breastfeeding experience a positive one. And let's be real here, there are a lot of people who would happily make your public breastfeeding experience a bad one, so it really does (sometimes) take a grown-ass man to step up.
I consider myself to be extremely lucky, having never faced any outright criticism for breastfeeding in public. The one time an older woman stared at me with a little too much judgement while I breastfed openly, was when I was on a plane and getting ready for takeoff. My husband and I stared her down together, and then laughed at the absurdity of it all since she was obviously a grandmother herself. We felt sorry for her daughter or daughter-in-law, honestly, as we could only imagine how they felt on a regular breastfeeding basis. Having my partner there to "back me up," so-to-speak, and make an otherwise uncomfortable situation light-hearted and hilarious, was everything I needed in that moment and, honestly, everything a grown-ass man should be willing to do for his partner.
So, with that in mind and in the hopes that more cisgender men (who will never know what it is like to breastfeed in public and in the midst of constant judgement and shame) will step up to the plate; here are nine other things every grown-ass man will do when his partner breastfeeds in public: