It seems like every day, there's another story about a woman who was publicly shamed for breastfeeding her baby. Like this mom, who was called out at her local pool for nursing, or this mom who was threatened with arrest for breastfeeding in a store.
But according to the NCSL, 49 states, including Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands, have laws that "specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location." So while it's completely legal for new mothers to go ahead and nurse their child in public, it's society's taboos that prevent them from doing so.
It's the public shame they may face, the humiliation, eye-rolls, or rude comments that may make them choose not to do it.
World Breastfeeding Week, which took place the first week of August, touched briefly on these issues -- but there's still more work to be done.
Hollywood opens up about breastfeeding:
Of course, not every new mom breastfeeds, and many are just merely comfortable doing so in private. However, many feel women should at least have a choice in what they decide. So, society is clapping back at these stigmas.
Political figures are breastfeeding at work or in public to draw attention to the taboo and prove that all women are faced with these issues. Just last month, Apple announced it was finally releasing a breastfeeding emoji for its users, while malls in Colombia have recently installed breastfeeding statues to reduce the stigma.
Celebrities, too, are calling out haters by getting vocal on social media. Despite the negative comments, trolls and online attacks, they still aspire to normalize breastfeeding.
Scroll through above to see the ways celebrities are fighting against breastfeeding taboos.
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