Just this week, breastfeeding, of all things, has been making headlines everywhere.

  • Following a relentless and cruel backlash, a 25-year-old mother from California was forced to defend herself after posting an image* of herself breastfeeding her daughter at her college graduation to the Facebook group Black Women Do Breastfeed. The backlash only began once the photo spread outside the group, which is dedicated to supporting black women who nurse.
  • A 27-year-old woman was publicly shamed by a couple in their late 60s as she breastfed her son at a coffee shop in the U.K. They reduced the new mom to tears, calling her “a slut” and saying what she was doing was “disgusting.”
  • In a #FreeTheNipple victory, Facebook lifted its ban on pictures of breastfeeding mothers with nipples exposed (prior to the policy change, pix like this violated the company’s guidelines regarding nudity and obscenity and were promptly removed).
  • Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission condemned secret photography of women breastfeeding in public as a “violation of personal privacy” after a photo of a woman breastfeeding a child on a bus went viral.
  • Actress Jaime King took to Instagram and shared pictures of herself breastfeeding in an attempt to downplay the “taboo.”

In the midst of all this viral chatter, we think the above David Horsey cartoon (LA Times 2012), says just about everything that really needs to be said on the matter of breastfeeding in public. It’s kinda brilliant.

* As to why Karlesha Thurman posted her now infamous graduation photo, she wrote on Facebook, “I found out I was pregnant my last year of college, had my daughter one week into my last semester, she was my motivation to keep going, so me receiving my BA was OUR moment.”

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