On Sunday night, Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel posted a photo on Instagram of her breastfeeding her two-month-old son Anacã. In the caption, Candice commented on the stigma of breastfeeding. “I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places,” she wrote, “but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I’ve done in the name of art.”
“Breastfeeding is not sexual it’s natural,” the 28-year-old mom wrote. “Those who feel it is wrong to feed your child in public need to get educated on the benefits breastfeeding has on mother and child and in turn on society as a whole.”
Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public, or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children. I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I've done in the name of art..? The world has been desensitized to the sexualization of the breast and to violence on tv…why should it be different when it comes to breastfeeding? -Breastfeeding is not sexual it's natural- Those who feel it is wrong to feed your child in public need to get educated on the benefits breastfeeding has on mother and child and intern on society as a whole. ??? ?? #mothernature
She’s not the first celebrity mother to speak out on this issue, Mila Kunis recently told Vanity Fair that she was frequently shamed for breastfeeding in public. “There were many times where I didn’t bring a cover with me, and so I just did it in a restaurant, in the subway, in the park, at airports and in planes. Why did I do it in public? Because I had to feed my child. She’s hungry.” Kunis added that it is “unfortunate” that people are not supportive of breastfeeding mothers. “If it’s not for you, don’t look.”
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