Disneyland is ‘the happiest place on earth’, or so the story goes. But it turns out the sight of a woman breastfeeding in public is enough to wipe the smile right off some Mickey-loving faces.
US mother of two, Brittni Medina, has gone viral in parenting circles after she managed to capture exactly that while on a recent trip to the Californian themepark.
The 24-year-old was standing in a long line for a photo of Disney Christmas decorations when her 10-month-old son became hungry.
As an attachment parent, Medina wrote on Facebook, “We’re pretty comfortable feeding anywhere; any way.”
And so she did. Right then and there, in the line.
“Well, these ladies were so angry [sic] by it, my husband just had to take a picture. Peep the haters.”
Medina shared the image to ‘Breastfeeding Mama Talk’ Facebook group, and while thousands cheered her on, plenty sided with the women in her photo.
The post was inundated with outraged comments, accusing her of being “an attention whore”, “disgusting” and “a vile piece of trash”, among other even less-savoury things.
(One male commenter even questioned why he wasn’t allowed to “walk around” with his “saggy balls out”, because apparently that’s equivalent…)
Medina ultimately issued an update to address all the people “getting bent out of shape”.
“These women were making snarky comments so I moved from my spot to catch a picture with these characters,” she wrote. “Not for attention for me, but attention to the fact NO WOMEN SHOULD BE SHAMED FOR FEEDING THEIR BABY UNCOVERED.”
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Medina remains “happy and proud” to nurse her child in public, and certainly won’t stop now.
“I’m a little disappointed so many are shaming and focusing on the size of my breasts and that I’m standing in the crowd,” she told Parents.com.
“It’s not about size or how much your little [one] tugs. This picture is the reality of breastfeeding.”