We know that, for some strange reason, mums in 2016 can still be made to feel uncomfortable for breastfeeding in public.
And supermodel Candice Swanepoel has had enough of the stigma already.
The new mum hit back with a strongly-worded statement for her 10.1m followers about her own experience of feeling shamed, or made to cover up.
“Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public, or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children.
“I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I’ve done in the name of art…?
“The world has been desensitised to the sexualization of the breast and to violence on tv… why should it be different when it comes to breastfeeding?
“Breastfeeding is not sexual it’s natural. Those who feel it is wrong to feed your child in public need to get educated on the benefits breastfeeding has on mother and child and intern on society as a whole. ??? ?? #mothernature”
Very interesting that Candice didn’t receive the same feedback about her topless modelling shots. Hmmm, we wonder why ?
Her post is especially relevant as the gorgeous breastfeeding snap featuring her 2-month-old son, Anaca, shared alongside it, was immediately slammed by social media users for featuring too much boob.
“It’s exactly such pics that make it disgusting for people. Because when breastfeeding you don’t need to get out your whole boob, and everyone who says different obviously needs attention,” one commenter said, basically proving why posts like Candice’s are so important.
At the end of the day, it’s totally up to us to decide how we want to feed, and we shouldn’t pass judgements on someone else’s choice.
It’s perfectly OK to not want to cover up in public – or keep things covered if that’s your preference.
But when it comes to seeing a picture you don’t like on someone’s personal Instagram? Come onnnn… the unfollow button’s really not that hard to find, is it?
Images: Instagram/Candice Swanepoel