Mom Looks Her Critics in the Eye in Viral Breastfeeding Photo
Another photo of a mom proudly breastfeeding in public is making the rounds online. And this one’s a little different. It’s not glamorous. It’s not intended to change a policy. But it is meant to call out critics.
“Earlier today I posted this picture of my son and I breastfeeding uncovered in a public restaurant,” Ashley Kaidel, blogger for Intactalactivist Mama, posted on Facebook. “In the picture, it appears I’m staring off into the distance. In reality, I’m staring into the eyes of a woman staring at me. She is looking at me with disgust and shaking her head with judgement in an attempt to shame me and indirectly tell me without words that I am wrong and need to cover myself.”
Kaidel’s not encouraging you to get into a staring contest with your haters, per say. In her words, “I don’t post this for attention. I don’t post this because I think everyone should nurse uncovered. I post this to give mamas encouragement. And to encourage others to make breastfeeding mothers feel accepted and supported; not alienated, ridiculed and judged.”
With nearly 400,000 likes, it seems other moms are feeling the encouragement.
“Well said! My babies are in their 30s now. I sheepishly nursed in my home when company was around and went to the car if we were out. Good for you!” one user commented.
“I will nurse my baby wherever, whenever, regardless of whoever is present,” another comment reads. “I don’t need anyone’s approval. I worked too hard making this baby, watching this baby fight for her life, and then fighting to establish breastfeeding to let anyone chastise me into thinking I did anything wrong because I didn’t cover or nurse discretely.”
Kaidel certainly isn’t the first nursing mom to make a statement this year. She joins the ranks of the Marshall’s customer asked to breastfeed in a bathroom stall, the traveling mom directed to a pet relief section of an airport to pump, and an Argentinian politician who nursed during a parliamentary session. Breastfeeding moms make up an expansive and diverse community with one goal: keeping their babies healthy and happy.
We’ll let Kaidel have the final word here:
“Breasts were made to sustain your baby’s life…there’s nothing weird about this.”