An American mother has hit back, after a man surreptitiously snapped this photo of her breastfeeding her son, and shared it on social media, asking why she couldn’t cover up. Her response has heralded yet another movement aiming to stamp out breastfeeding ignorance.
It’s the image that has incensed thousands on social media, and shocked a mother who has used the experience to advocate for the rights of breastfeeding mothers.
In the wake of an Australian café owner kicking out a customer who asked a breastfeeding mother to cover up, comes the story of mother Conner Kendall, who was shocked to discover a photo of her breastfeeding her child was making the rounds on Facebook and Instagram.
A man, who was dining with his daughter, took the photo while Ms Kendall was breastfeeding at a TGI Friday’s in Indiana, and his subsequent posting to social media prompted the mother to message him with a heartfelt, and stern, response.
She says the photo and the comments that were made under its original posting were “harassing and shameful to not only me, but every past, present, and future nursing mother”.
Ms Kendall wrote to the man that his posting of the image displayed his ignorance, and violated her and her child’s privacy.
“You have given me a platform and a drive to advocate breastfeeding ferociously. You’ve inspired me into a call of action. Rest assured, there will be action. Not only by me, the one you violated, but others like me who feel you violated them and their rights. Those that you are degrading by shaming the act of feeding their child. How I pity those who would actually belittle a mother for taking care of her child,” Ms Kendall wrote.
She concluding by calling for the man to educate himself, and his daughter, about breastfeeding.
“Breasts are meant to be used to feed our young. It is society that has sexualizes them. Children do not sexualize breasts until they are taught to do so. I pray that if in the future your daughter chooses to breastfeed that she is not shamed and does not have her picture plastered all over social media.”