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Last week, a photo of model Ashley Nicole seemed to have everyone talking. While many celebs (and normal folks) regularly bare their bodies on social media, Nicole’s offense was that she dared to share an image of her feeding her baby the old fashioned way.

The photo showed the absolutely stunning woman holding her little one while he got his fill of her milk and the caption, “Was on the way out the door but then mommy duty called… Everything stops for him! #breastisbest #natureisbeautiful #IWasMadeForThis.”

While many congratulated the new mom for promoting breastfeeding, and let’s face it, looking AH-MAY-ZING, others weren’t so impressed by the scene.

Nicole’s critics excoriated her for posting such a photo, calling it “vulgar,” “disgusting,” and “inappropriate” because…I’m not exactly sure, considering breastfeeding is completely natural and the new mommy wasn’t even exposing herself.

Nicole’s partner, Miami Dolphins star Philip Wheeler, came to her defense, telling TMZ, “I wish everybody would just leave it alone,” adding his girlfriend “takes pictures for a living.”

But even if Nicole wasn’t a model, why does the image of a woman feeding her child cause so many to freak out?

We’ve been down this road before. Earlier this year a mother went toe-to-toe with Facebook after a picture of her breastfeeding her baby was marked as porn, and just last week, a breastfeeding mom in the UK had her photo snapped by a stranger and uploaded to Facebook with the caption, “’I know the sun is out n all that but there’s no need to let your kid feast on your nipple in town!!! Tramp.”

Breasts are lauded in the media—stuffed into ball gowns,  covered by bikinis, and poking through tight t-shirts—but when a woman is seen with a baby attached, it somehow becomes a profane.

What’s up with that?

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  • MmmGood

    I personally have no issue with public breastfeeding because babies have to eat, they shouldn’t be forced to do it in storage and restrooms. I think that since it is becoming more common for people to breastfeed, it would be nice to have more places that have feeding rooms for those that do want to use them. Even if it is just a curtained/screened off corner. I really would’ve appreciated that when I was a new mother.

    With that said, I would never have taken a picture of my baby breastfeeding and post it on the internet. I’m also not disgusted or upset by breastfeeding pictures, though.

  • JB

    We live in a patriarchal society that only sees a woman’s breasts as a sexual object. If this wasn’t the case, why would people throw out the words “disgust” “tramp” and “vulgar” to describe feeding your baby? I mean damn, breatsfeeding is the only reason a woman has breasts in the first place!!!! Too many women have been brainwashed by this mindset.

    Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months (meaning no formula at all) has been proven to dramatically increase a baby’s emotional, physical health and even increases their chances for much better educational outcomes. As women of color are less likely to breastfeed, this means our kids are less likely to start off in life with the very best opportunities.


  • Sunshine

    I think it’s beautiful. I’m a nursing mommy, too! My only problem…Ashley girl, have a seat, you look uncomfortable standing up leaning against the column.

  • noirluv45

    After reading many of these comments, I just had to wonder if people just say what’s expected or do they give much thought before they speak.

    Yes, breastfeeding is natural. Yes, breastfeeding is wonderful, great, beautiful, and all the other adjectives we use when talking about it. Yes, breasts are made for feeding babies, but I fail to understand why a woman has the need to post a picture of an intimate moment with her child. I’ve seen women breastfeed in public, and most don’t bat an eye. Why? Because the women I’ve seen don’t need to make a spectacle of it. They just do it. They don’t need to share that moment with the world.

    I breastfeed and it was a moment between me and my children. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. I’m not saying she has to go hide, but she doesn’t have to get everyone’s attention either.

  • JS

    While I personally would never whip a boob out in public to breastfeed, if that is something you are comfortable with, do ya thing. Feed your child how you see fit. However, my issue with this picture is it is attention seeking. This doesn’t look like a mother sharing an intimate moment with her child. This looks like the equivalent of a selfie.

    The child looks more like an accessory to cover her boob. She looks more concerned with getting a good angle rather than if her child is comfortable, has proper support or showing any concern for the actual bonding act of breast feeding. Heck she isn’t even looking at the child, she is looking at the camera!