Stranger Takes Photo of Mom Breastfeeding & Turns It Into Something Disgusting

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breastfeedingYou're out on a beautiful, sunny day with your baby. You stop and sit for a sandwich and realize someone else is also hungry. So you decide to breastfeed your child, discreetly of course, thanks to your stretchy t-shirt. This is how Emily Slough innocently spent an afternoon. Little did she know, a stranger photographed her breastfeeding her 8-month-old daughter Matilda and then posted the photo on Facebook with a nasty caption: "I know the sun is out n all that but there's no need to let your kid feast on your nipple in town!!! Tramp." Honestly, what is wrong with people?

Tramp?!? You can't see so much as an inch of skin. In fact, the only way you can even tell she's breastfeeding is from the position of Matilda's head. Slough was outraged, of course.

The mentality of the individual that attempted to shame me for feeding my daughter makes me so angry. I am very confident and comfortable with my breastfeeding, but I know plenty who aren't and don't even humour the idea of nursing because of some ridiculous stigma attached to it and fear of embarrassment, humiliation, and non-acceptance.

Even the owner of the restaurant, where Slough was seated outside on the steps, was embarrassed on her behalf. He suspects the photo was taken by a young man who looked to be 18 years old. "It's some idiot with a phone," says Gavin Houston. Is it pathetic that I'm relieved this was probably some ignorant kid at least, and not a prudish adult or -- God forbid -- another mom?

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Anyway, I was completely creeped out by this incident. All the times I've breastfed my son in a public space, it never occurred to me that a stranger could snap a photo. And post it online. With some horrible, crude comment! It would be easy for anyone to hear this story and be shamed into never breastfeeding in public, ever.

But then, it kind of makes you feel defiant, too. Right? Like, no creepy little twerp is going to keep me from feeding my baby wherever I want to! (Not me literally -- my kid is 10 now. But you get what I mean.) I hope that's the reaction most breastfeeding moms have when they hear about this public shaming. The only person who should be ashamed is the kid who posted that photo.

Would this incident of public shaming make you think twice about breastfeeding in public?

 

Image via Jenny Elia Pfeiffer/Corbis

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Lane-... Lane-Moja

No way! The hunger of my child takes precedence over the comfort of strangers.

amazz... amazzonia

Anyway, I was completely creeped out by this incident. All the times I've breastfed my son in a public space it never occurred to me that a stranger could snap a photo. And post it online. With some horrible, crude comment! It would be easy for anyone to hear this story and be shamed into never breastfeeding in public, ever.


 


If you are afraid of someone taking a picture of you and make fun of you then don't step out of the house, morons are everywhere and ready to shame you for anything, have you ever seen all those pics of people shopping at walmart? those are embarrassing, being called a trump by an imbecile because you are breastfeeding is not, and honestly makes me want to bf in public even more!

Freela Freela

Ridiculous... what's offensive is a stranger posting a random photo online, not a woman nursing her baby.

Frost... FrostyMelted

This wasn't public shaming because there's nothing to be ashamed of. Woman breastfed her kid. Big deal. No shame in that. I think the picture is great because it's yet another opportunity to stamp out the notion that there's something wrong with breastfeeding. 

Lucki... Luckicharmz

If I had not read the story accompanied with the photo my first assumption was her baby was napping while she ate a sandwich. Her breasts aren't flapping in the wind or on display in any manner and the person who's trying to shame her is a complete moron

the4m... the4mutts

You can't even really tell what she was doing! The person who took the picture is kind of a perv (as well as an asshole) for staring enough to see what the mother was doing.

Keep your eyes to yourself, freak!

Margaret Bradley

Ok, not to stir the pot or anything, but in the year 2014 you cant go anywhere without SOME type of camera on you (security and/or cell). And while I don't agree with the person who took this pic and said she was a tramp (I actually think the pic is beautiful) but it is a risk you take when you do anything in public, right?

nonmember avatar Alexandra

So? This has been done to heavy women, women in bathing suits, men with low pants etc..I think NONE of that should be done but it's done to others so why should a nursing mom be exempt? You run that risk everytime you walk in public; your hair is sticking up, lets post a phot, heavy and ordering fast food, lets post a photo, etc sad, but no one is exempt.

nonmember avatar Alexandra

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/11/his-butt-crack-photos-at-magic_n_4943664.html Just thought this would illustrate my point that this is what society has become. It wasnt an attack against nursing moms or whatever...it is what people do these days and no one is exempt.

Einyn Einyn

Welcome to society. If you want to breast feed outside by all means go ahead but I'm not surprised this happened. And everyone is entitled to their opinion. There's so many women staging public breast feeding campaigns where they purposely put out (oftentimes controversial) photos depicting breast feeding to start conversation anyway. Lo and behold now she's going to use the publicity anyway. It goes both ways.

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