I’m an “if you don’t like it keep on scrolling” type of woman. We all have a right to post whatever we choose on social media platforms, in the knowledge that there is the potential for consequence in the form of misinterpretation, conflict, adoration, agreement, disagreement etc.
However, I was recently made to feel as if images I posted of my son breastfeeding or sleeping on my chest, were inappropriate.
Check my Instagram page @mel_sutterby
, and you can decide for yourself if my images are of a beautiful moment between a mother and son or an inappropriate act of exhibitionism.
The feeling that I was doing something wrong lingered. I felt guilty and ashamed of my body and questioned my decision to share these moments publicly.
Then I remembered that my wise man always tells me that no one else but you can control the way you feel! #genius
So I’m posting this *public* picture in honour of my body and all the breastfeeding mums everywhere.
I love this picture and I want to share it. I love breastfeeding and I’m so proud of how confident I am to post this image and pay no mind to what people might say.
I love the bond that my son and I share, and this photo captures our connection perfectly.
I have only ever been made to feel uncomfortable for feeding my son by other women. Again, why are we so good at letting others control our emotions!?
Why is breastfeeding still sexualised? As mothers and nurturers we should be supportive of the most natural and nourishing act on the Planet.
In my humble opinion, it is a sad society that sexualises breasts that are used to feed our children. By the way, children do not sexualize breasts until they are taught to do so by adult judgement and belief.
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