Ashley Kaidel is our new “badass breastfeeding (uncovered)” hero. Last week, the mom posted a photo that has gone viral with over 119,000 shares and over 370,000 likes on Facebook. So what’s so crazy about this post that everyone just has to share? Well, nothing, actually. And that’s the point.
You would think a photo of a woman feeding a child is completely “normal” but unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. As Ashley states in her caption, “I’m staring into the eyes of a woman staring at me. She is looking at me with disgust and shaking her head with judgement in an attempt to shame me and indirectly tell me without words that I am wrong and need to cover myself.”
Not only is Ashley our hero for taking a stand in that moment to stand up for what she believes in, but she also took a public stand on social media to explain why exactly people treating a women who breastfeed in public this way is wrong.
First, she goes right for the facts, stating that “breast feeding mothers are protected under federal law to breast feed any way, any how and any where they’re allowed to be in all circumstances otherwise.” Then, she follows up with some great points about how women’s bodies are born to feed their children, and they are not solely for the male gaze. Finally, she explains that asking mothers to remove themselves from situations where they could be seen breastfeeding in public because you might be uncomfortable is selfish and unfair, and we couldn’t agree more.
She also shares how important it is for children to see breastfeeding in public, so they have an opportunity to ask questions and learn about how important breastfeeding can be to a baby, as it is the most natural way for a baby to eat.
Ashley isn’t the only woman to take a strong stand to normalize breastfeeding. Victoria Donda Pérez, a Argentinian politician, was photographed breastfeeding her daughter while at work during a parliamentary session. Nicole Trunfio, an Australian model whose unplanned photo of her breastfeeding made the cover of Elle Australia. These women all have one thing in common, and that is the fact that they are all showcasing — that regardless of what the media might have you believe — breasts have one inherent purpose, and there’s nothing sexual about it.
Bottom line? We one-hundred percent support Ashley Kaidel, and are fully on board with her message. We support all the woman who are brave enough to bring a person into this world and do everything they can to make sure that person is healthy and well fed. We support women who respect other women’s choices to feed their child how they see fit. We support women.
(Image via Facebook)