Woman Posts Breastfeeding Photo to Quiet Critics

If you're going to glare at this women while she breastfeeds her child in public, she's going to glare right back at you...and then post the picture on Facebook.

Woman Posts Breastfeeding Photo to Quiet Critics Ashley Kaidel/Facebook

Ashley's Kaidel's breastfeeding photo has gone viral. It's not because it's an artistic image or an ad campaign of sorts—it's because Kaidel, 24, uses the photo to make an important point, one that likely resonates with new mothers everywhere.

In the photo, Kaidel is sitting at a restaurant, her breast pulled out of her shirt and mostly exposed to the other diners while she breastfeeds her baby. Kaidel is staring sideways and though it looks like she's simply looking away from the camera in a candid shot, the photo's caption assures everyone that that's not the case.

"In the picture it appears that I'm staring off into the distance," she writes alongside the image, which she posted to Facebook. "In reality, I'm staring into the eyes of a woman staring at me. She is looking at me...and shaking her head with judgment in an attempt to shame me and indirectly tell me without words that I am wrong and need to cover myself."

The photo has been liked nearly 400,000 times. The comments below the photo are almost unanimously supportive of Kaidel and the point she is making.

"I don't mean to say 'Everyone should breastfeed without a cover. Show the world your boobs!' If a mother is more comfortable covering herself because SHE feels better doing so, then I totally support that," Kaidel posts. She also adds that she shared the photo for other women who have been shamed while breastfeeding—and she even mentions that breastfeeding mothers can legally feed anywhere and at any time they they need to.

"Breasts are made to sustain your baby's life before they were made to bring pleasure to any man, woman, partner or spouse.," Kaidel writes "There is nothing weird about this and there's no difference in me feeding my baby with my breast than you feeding yourself with a spoon."