A NSW mother has struck a powerful chord with many after choosing to share a picture of her breastfeeding her daughter online.
Lauren Davidson, a mother of two, decided to post the image on Facebook after she was publicly shamed for feeding her baby in the comfort of her own car.
In the caption accompanying her image, Lauren explains that she and her husband had just finished running errands and completing some shopping when she decided to return to the car with her daughter, Ava, who was only six weeks old at the time.
Now here is the image that Lauren has shared and as she explains, how the public would have seen her in the car that day:
There is nothing disgusting about this. A beautiful mother (it should be illegal to look that good with a six week old!) feeding her gorgeous baby girl in the privacy of her car. She's not exposed in any way, shape or form.
Not that it matters, actually whether or not Lauren was covered up, or whether she had a whole breast exposed. The point is, she was nourishing her child. That's it. And just like every other mother out there, she has the right to do so whenever and where ever she chooses.
As a mother of three myself, who is currently breastfeeding my five month old daughter, this story enrages me. The only thing I find "disgusting" is the prehistoric man who seems to think his ridiculous viewpoint is somewhat warranted.
Just like Lauren, I'm not really the kind of mother who whips a boob out in the middle of the supermarket, but I have every right to if I wanted. I have often fed my children in the comfort of my car. For me, it means that the older two are restrained and safe, and I can focus on making sure my baby eats enough.
It seems there are a lot of mums out there who feel the same way. "God help him if that guy walked past me and said that" says one Facebook commenter. "I'm sick of these people feeling like they have a right to shame a new mother when she is feeding a baby. It's natural, it's normal" says another.
Lauren explains it perfectly. As a mother with a young baby, you're learning. Every baby is different and every baby needs to learn to feed. They kick, they fuss, they pull away and they get frustrated. Often there is a lot of screaming and crying (the baby too).
The last thing on a new mothers mind should be covering herself up for the benefit of anyone but herself or her baby. It astounds me that not only do mothers have to contend with public opinion on their feeding in the first place but apparently there is absolutely no where that some people deem to be appropriate. The supermarket? Nope. Cafe? Nope. Privacy of your own car? Apparently, no.