Last week, Ashley Kaidel posted a photo of her breastfeeding (uncovered) her son in a public restaurant. Thanks to her braveness, she sent, through this picture, a courageous message to all women breastfeeding their babies without cover and another important one to the world telling people to stop considering this as “abnormal”.
More than 120.000 people shared her post and assisted her to address the (uncovered) breastfeeding stereotype.
“The Mom must cover herself to breastfeed her baby”; this is exactly what Ashley refuted in her message. In fact, the act of a woman feeding a child should be considered as normal. However, it is never the case when the woman is uncovered and is seen by many people as a shameful act: “I’m staring into the eyes of a woman staring at me. She is looking at me with disgust and shaking her head with judgment in an attempt to shame me and indirectly tell me without words that I’m wrong and need to cover myself” Ashely stated.
According to her, the mother breastfeeding uncovered should not be ashamed and no one has the right to ask her for leaving the room or covering herself up.
The first reason is that “Breastfeeding mothers are protected under federal law to breastfeed anyway, anyhow and anywhere”. The second reason, according to Ashley, is that “Breasts were made to sustain your baby’s life before they were made to bring pleasure to any other man, woman, partner or spouse”. Thus, there is nothing sexual about it.
After detailing these two reasons, Ashley Kaidel explained that breastfeeding; covered or not; is normal as any other act of eating and that there’s nothing about it that could embarrass mothers.
Furthermore, being loyal, she mentioned many times that it’s up to the mother to make the choice and that her caption is not appealing women to uncover themselves while breastfeeding their babies: “I don’t mean to say Everyone should breast feed without a cover. Show the world your boobs! If a mother is more comfortable covering herself because she feels better doing so, the I totally support that”.
Also, to make her action more valuable and effective, she posted on the “Intactalactivist Mama” that ” this information is what needs to be spread to normalize what used to be an every day occurrence”.
We support Ashley Kaidel for being one of those brave ladies who defend the women’s choices and want to overcome people’s ungrounded judgments.
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