Jill Layton
June 03, 2016 5:04 pm
Facebook/Briar Lusia Mcqueen

Unfortunately, we hear about moms being shamed for breastfeeding in public FAR too often. Considering babies need to eat whether they’re at home or in public, and considering breastfeeding is life’s most natural way of providing babies with the nutrients they need to keep them healthy and alive, criticizing women for doing exactly just that doesn’t make sense.

The shaming takes place both in person and on the internet. As a result, other than the in privacy of their own homes, there are very few places for moms to safely breastfeed their babies without worrying what someone might say or do. That’s why one New Zealand mom was caught completely off guard when she was approached by an elderly woman in the sweetest way while breastfeeding her 8-week old son at a local restaurant.

Briar Lusia Mcqueen posted about the unexpected moment that happened when the woman offered to help her prepare her breakfast since her hands were full.

She wrote:

While it’s unfortunate that this kind gesture is seen as an anomaly (since moms should receive support —not criticism — when they’re just trying to care for their child), we’re happy that’s it’s made headlines. This story and the attention its getting highlights how unfair (and ridiculous) the shaming of breastfeeding is. The post has since been shared almost 12,000 times, because so many of us are absolutely ready for the shaming to stop.

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