The amount of uneasiness that still surrounds the idea of breastfeeding in public or sharing photos of the act is making it increasingly difficult for mothers.
Recently, a North Carolina waitress was let go from her job because there were 'too many male employees' around for her to be pumping in the workplace. In another part of the country, a birth photographer had her Instagram account shut down when she posted images of women nursing their children.
"How ironic that the very day 'World Breastfeeding Week' began, my business was removed from Instagram." said photographer Melissa Jean on her Facebook page. "There will always be sad humans who report my images but I will NEVER let this stop me celebrating & normalizing the miracle of life."
Breastfeeding shaming isn't limited to workplaces and social media platforms. Kim Kardashian landed herself in hot water back in 2010 when she voiced her opinion on Twitter about a mother feeding and changing her baby at a restaurant table.
The reality star quickly had to backpedal and say that she was merely grossed out by the changing of the baby and not breastfeeding after she received a ton of angry tweets.
Society uses breasts to sell fast food and cars, and so naturally many of us have been made to misappropriate these female features exclusively with sexuality, and not with other purposes. It's time we evolve and stop shaming mothers for performing a natural, beautiful and necessary practice.
"I think people are more comfortable sexualizing breasts than relating them to what they were made for, which is feeding another human." said Alyssa Milano after she came under fire for posting a breastfeeding photo online.
It comes down to an issue of inequality. Just like how #FreeTheNipple supporters want female nipples not scandalized and viewed as nudity. Breastfeeding mothers want their breasts to be accepted as providing nourishment to their babies and not sexualized by male coworkers or disgusted dinner guests.
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