July 11, 2018

Breastfeeding is accepted in public but not on social media

It’s normal for moms to share the milestones and updates on their children. They turn a month old? Post it. You want to show how you work while you breastfeed? Go right ahead!

Sadly, there are still people who find breastfeeding on social media weird. Chrissy Teigen recently received backlash on her Instagram photo where she’s feeding baby Miles (as well as Luna’s doll just for fun). One comment read, “[But] you don’t have to post a private moment with your children. [We] know what breasts are for, she just likes to stir the pot.”

A post shared by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) on Jul 7, 2018 at 10:04am PDT

Chrissy spoke up about the controversy and said that breastfeeding is just part of her daily life. “You make feeding a baby [a] big deal because you got weird titty issues,” she said.

She has a point though. Breastfeeding is just a natural act, so why shouldn’t we treat it as such and let moms have the freedom to post about it? It’s ironic because there are laws now that allow women to breastfeed or pump at work and in public places. But I guess social media is where people draw the line. Come on, guys.

But, you know, contrary to what people say about “keeping things private,” social media has helped in the fight to make breastfeeding in public accepted. Time cited that women have stood together in social media, prompting major platforms like Facebook and Instagram to change their guidelines on such posts. However, there’s still a chance that these photos will be taken down if enough people report them.

A post shared by isabelledaza (@isabelledaza) on Jul 8, 2018 at 12:17am PDT

At the end of the day, the problems lie within how society continues to objectify women’s bodies. Breasts are sexual objects to close-minded people; they don’t see it as a functional organ that’ll feed newborn babies and make them healthy.

In case you’re wondering, breast milk contains antibodies and the ideal nutrients that babies need. So before you judge someone for posting about their breastfeeding journey, remember that they’re not doing anything to harm or offend you. They’re simply living life with her little one and letting the world know. If you don’t like it, unfollow or get off social media. You probably need some fresh air.

 

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