Here's are some other stories for comparison:
1) I nursed both my kids, one till she was 15 months, the other till 25 months. Public bf'ing usually only when less than a year old, because timing and logistics do change a lot over those periods. I hardly ever used a blanket or muslin cover up after I got the hang of things with my first. An untucked shirt plus cardigan or jacket was plenty for me, with maybe a burp rag. I used to go sit in the back of church and nurse, so that the baby wouldn't kick or make disturbing noises while others were praying (we did not have a cry room at the time). I went to apologize to Pastor in case I had caused a disturbance - he had no idea what I was doing, and he had been looking directly at me the whole time. This was not about hiding or trying not to "offend" anyone, but about not calling attention to myself or distract people. So I never worried about it again and used the same policy anywhere else.
2) At the same church I had an acquaintance who, in preparing to nurse her baby, would pull her entire shirt up to her chin, remove her bra, and then spend several minutes doing what appeared to be semaphore with a blanket - then, after she had looked around to make sure everyone was staring at her, she would latch the baby on. Nobody ever said anything to her, but it was extremely obvious that this display had nothing to do with feeding the baby.
We were both freely nursing our babies in church, but the facts alone don't tell the whole story of what it was like for everyone else.
3) There was a media outcry in the city I lived in several years ago, over a mother who was allegedly asked to leave a major coffehouse chain, for breastfeeding in public. Public BF is legally protected in that locale, so there were protests, nurse-ins, and great public outcry against the "evil" restaurant and it's franchisee. However, within a few days the full story came out - the mom in question had been in the restaurant for some time nursing, with no complaints. When the baby finished, she proceeded to change the baby's poopy diaper on top of the restaurant table. The manager hustled over to ask her to please not do that, as it violated health codes. The mom started screaming and causing a scene, wound up calling the media, etc - claiming the manager had ordered her to nurse in the "filthy" bathroom or leave. Of course the local paper and TV ran the story with only the mom's side, without checking facts - there were plenty of witnesses to what really happened, and when the truth came out the story quickly disappeared.
These are extreme examples, but whenever I hear a story in the media about someone being criticized or confronted over public breastfeeding, I always reserve judgement. There are just so many possible ways it could have happened.