Tess Holliday Breastfeeds Her Son at a Women's March & DGAF What Trolls Think

Tess Holliday at the P.S ARTS Express Yourself¿ Event held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica
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Hundreds of thousands gathered across the globe at various women's marches over the weekend to stand in solidarity for women's rights, equal rights, and progress. Among the crowd of participants at the Women's March in LA was Tess Holliday, her partner Nick, and their 7-month-old son Bowie. And while most would think this moment would make for an amazing family memory, Tess Holliday is dealing with public breastfeeding shame, as the new mom dared to nurse her baby in front of onlookers.


The 31-year-old model and body-positive champion shared a touching -- and pretty badass -- photo of her nursing son Bowie that has spiraled into this great debate on whether or not moms should breastfeed in public. (The answer is yes, because it's legal.)

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"Forget the law, it's just flat out uncomfortable to see someone breastfeeding. It should be common courtesy to cover up when feeding," one commenter wrote on Instagram.

"#Irresponsible mother," another mentioned.

And in classic Tess fashion, this new mom had no problem updating her caption to include any and all haters who think breastfeeding in public is in any way wrong.

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Tess writes:

Those saying that I should 'cover up' You mean when I'm breastfeeding MY baby who was a) hungry & b) screaming because he was overly tired & the crowd overloaded his senses & it was the only way to comfort him?! I will feed my child anywhere I want. Also CA state law protects me to do so. Keep your uneducated opinions off my body.

Right on, Tess!

It's so crazy and outrageous and archaic that anyone would have an issue with a mom's nursing her baby in public -- and at a women's march of all places! We want to teach our girls to stand up for their rights -- and breastfeeding is and should be included in that.

Breastfeeding in public is legal and shouldn't bring shame on a mom who exercises her right to nurse her child while outside of her home. As a former breastfeeding mom, I'm so thankful for women like Tess, who don't feel pressured to cower inside a bathroom stall to nurse their child. 

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I truly hope Tess's post inspires more nursing moms not to live in fear of public backlash, and to nurse their babies if and when they're hungry. March on, Tess.

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