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Breastfeeding in public becoming taboo?

Breastfeeding In Public Becoming Taboo?

What happens when a mother's role is questioned only because it's being done in public?

Breastfeeding is becoming a hotter topic today in part because of its growing presence on social media.

Earlier this month, a California woman shared a photo on Facebook of herself breastfeeding her baby during her graduation ceremony. The next morning, it became the new center of that debate.

Karlesha Thurman said she received some positive feedback on social media, but many also criticized her.

Up until last year, Facebook's policies allowed photos of violence against women and beheadings, while pictures of breastfeeding were banned.

Thurman has since taken down the photo, saying she never wanted to make a statement, just share a moment she thought was sweet because her daughter motivated her to get through school.

But other moms have captured the same moment simply because it's a part of their life.

The first photo Russian model Natalia Vodianova released of her son, showed him breastfeeding. She wasn't doing it in public, but the public still saw it. Some called it beautiful and stunning, but others still weren't pleased.

One mommy blogger said she was "appalled" by the image,

"Not because I'm anti-breastfeeding. But because I'm against sexualizing breastfeeding, which is

exactly what this photo does."

But another blogger for

Mama Bean posed the question: Do we really need to see it?

To which she answered,"Yes... Because if we continue to treat it as a secret art form, reserved for private rooms and hushed conversations... It will become lost in the passage of time, further misunderstood and out of reach for future mothers."

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moe June 15 2014 at 8:06 AM

Just another blatant move by the ME generation...what about my rights, what about me, me, me...I think it's time we take back all the things we have had to give up for the "rights" of the few...
If you want to breastfeed in public go for it, but don't be surprised when someone asks you to cover up...that's OUR right.
What has happened to this country, there is no respect, dignity, or regard for each other. Mothers need to show respect to their children to give them the privacy they deserve when they are eating...how would you like to be put on "display" when you eat just to make a point?
Have some respect ladies...children shouldn't be used as exhibits or pawns to make a point.

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shawn jamieson June 15 2014 at 8:19 AM

Breast feeding activists are just as annoying as any other activist pushing their beliefs on others.

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bdgrizcp June 15 2014 at 8:20 AM

It appears social media disease is now hitting both sides. Mothers who decide we all should see them nursing as well as those who think it's gross. A little self restraint would go a long way towards stopping this trend: you do realize you can put mother's milk into baby bottles for away from home use, right? Or is this too complicated?

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Steve-a-rino June 15 2014 at 7:56 AM

We have public toilets for privacy, why not breast-feeding stalls? Or, why not have open-air toilets? After all, it's "natural," right?

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BroPower June 15 2014 at 12:05 PM

If a woman can whip out her breast to feed her baby in public,
then why can't my woman and I create a baby in public..?

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Jo June 15 2014 at 8:24 AM

Facebook will delete pictures of women breastfeeding but not pictures that are a lot more vulgar. Hypocrisy at its best.

As for breastfeeding in public, I think it should be done discretely.

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theweehedgehog June 15 2014 at 8:02 AM

Hummm... lets see. Breasts are for the purpose of feeding babies. We don't object to the soft porn on TV that assaults us every day... nor the exposure of breasts in the movies, but feeding a baby is offensive! There is something gone terribly wrong with our society.

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junelee0319 June 15 2014 at 8:42 AM

She can go to school and graduate all she wants - but can't learn class

Actually, can graduate - doesn't mean you receved an education.

What's next ? .....sitting on the front step - nursing - waiting for the mailman to come with the check ?

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dbobmcch June 15 2014 at 8:33 AM

Disgusting! No respect for the other students.

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TCHSPIRIT6 dbobmcch June 15 2014 at 10:05 AM

how do you know they feel disrespected? how do you know they even care?
doubt there were any cellfies. or pix from others. not a big deal.

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Joepalooka dbobmcch June 15 2014 at 1:23 PM

to me it isn't so 'disgusting' (it can be beautiful when done discreetly) as much as it was attention-getting and rude.

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novastien June 15 2014 at 8:19 AM

Really? Another classless no ones more important them me attention getter. Gee I wonder what's wrong with kids today? Oh I know no respect for anyone!!!!!!!!!!! Take your slutty self home and hide!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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