As we set out eyes on the New Year and think about peace on earth and good will towards men, one thing we're adding to our wish lists of things we'd love to see sooner than later is normalizing breastfeeding once and for all. Sadly, the sight of a mother nursing her child is still a thing, which is why many are fighting to combat the taboo. Model and new mom Candice Swanepoel's breastfeeding pic that calls out society's double standard is so perfect and a must see.
The 28-year-old South African Victoria's Secret model is the proud mother of her 2-month-old son, Anaca, and also an avid breastfeeder who's not afraid to call BS on critics who have an issue with moms nursing their babies in public.
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Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public, or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children. I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I've done in the name of art..? The world has been desensitized to the sexualization of the breast and to violence on tv...why should it be different when it comes to breastfeeding? -Breastfeeding is not sexual it's natural- Those who feel it is wrong to feed your child in public need to get educated on the benefits breastfeeding has on mother and child and intern on society as a whole. ðï¿½ï¿½ªðï¿½ï¿½¼ðï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ ðï¿½ï¿½«ðï¿½ï¿½ #mothernature
"Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public, or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children," Candice captions on Instagram. She continues:
I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I've done in the name of art..? The world has been desensitized to the sexualization of the breast and to violence on tv...why should it be different when it comes to breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is not sexual it's natural.
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How is this still a big deal? Folks can walk around in shorts that show their cheeks, wear skimpy tops, and get "cool points" for rocking next to nothing like a celeb.
... But God forbid a mother decides to breastfeed her baby in public and now people have to clutch their pearls in shock?
Candice is spot on as there is this undeniable -- and shameful -- double standard that can be so hurtful to moms who are trying to feed their baby without having to feel they need to sit on a public toilet seat to do so.
I would be willing to bet that those who likely have an issue with Candice nursing her son in public don't see anything wrong with her rocking some of VS's finest lingerie on a catwalk in front of millions of viewers.
Is there not room in this world for sexiness and nursing mothers? They certainly aren't exclusive.
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Reading Candice's post made me think about my breastfeeding journey with my two sons. I remember trying to cover up most times (I was very unsuccessful with my second son who just loved to pull the blanket off his head) in fear of what people would say. I remember dashing to the car with a crying baby and trying to make a "fort" so no one could peek inside. I also remember rushing off to the bathroom out of respect for everyone else.
It can be extremely daunting trying to be so darn "politically correct."
I smile at every nursing mother I see in public, because I want her to feel empowered to breastfeed her child without fear of any ramifications. (It's actually quite legal.) There's absolutely nothing wrong with it, and new mommies shouldn't be made to feel they're doing something awful and disgusting.
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Thank you, Candice, for this awesome reminder to stand your ground and breastfeed your baby. I'm hopeful we can get to a point in time when it's no longer a big deal.