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?