Breastfeeding Mom Catches Creep Taking Photos of Her

For some women -- myself included -- it takes courage to breastfeed in public. I know nursing is the most natural thing in the world and that it's a beautiful and healthy way to connect with your newborn. And I truly believe that, deep inside, most people agree with that sentiment -- even those folks who still wince when they see women nurse in public. But so many American women have been taught from the time we began wearing training bras that the entire world is going to step dead in its tracks -- the earth might even stop spinning on its axis -- if we so much as show a little more than the tiniest bit of cleavage.

And it doesn't help when we hear creepy stories like this one. A Texas mom breastfeeding her two-month-old baby at a restaurant without a cover-up reportedly caught a worker snapping photos of her -- mid-feed.

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My first thought was: Why?! What was the worker's motive? Did he find her sexy? Was he planning on posting her photo and humiliating her? Then I realized his feelings don't matter one bit here and there was no good reason or justification for his action. It was disturbing as hell -- plain and simple.

The woman told Kens 5 that she had absolutely no idea how to handle it when she realized he was snapping her photo. She says she felt "stunned" and "speechless" and that she was so mad she didn't even know how to confront the perv. And then she made a good point: it's not like she could take his phone and smash it to bits, the way she would have loved to do. And it's not like she was going to yell at him until he became a decent human being. So she chose to stay put with her baby.

Her awesome sister, however, did not let it go. She called for a manager and reportedly told the restaurant's owners just what their employee was up to. And the good news here is that the owners did the right thing and reportedly fired the worker, then issued a statement vowing that they "cherish" families and support a woman's right to breastfeed at their establishment.

The new mom, sadly, says the worker's behavior has made her "nervous" about nursing in public now -- which just sucks, doesn't it? She had managed to conquer that fear -- or, at least, it was a fear for me --and now she says she will be bringing a blanket or cover-up with her next time she breastfeeds in public. To her credit, though, she also defiantly said she will not be taking her son into some gross bathroom to hide while she nurses.

I never felt at ease removing my cover-up while breastfeeding in public and I've always admired women who do. I'm pretty sure I made people uncomfortable enough feeding my son under my cover-up while in their company, but of course, that's their problem and not mine. I just always figured some jerk would say something if I bared my breasts in public and, like this mom, I would have no idea what to say back or how to keep myself from reacting like a lunatic.

But even I never expected someone would be pompous enough to whip out a camera and film me. A great deal of social acceptance is still needed before more women can feel comfortable nursing in public -- and, unfortunately, this story proves it.

What would you have done if you caught someone taking photos of you while nursing? Do or did you nurse in public without a cover-up?

 

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