Though women have made great strides in normalizing public breastfeeding, there are still instances we hear publicized of women being shamed for feeding their infant in public. Now, a Victoria’s Secret supermodel is joining in the debate and speaking out about some blatant double standards she has seen first-hand when it comes to breastfeeding.
Today reports about Victoria Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel who recently took to Instagram to voice her concern over how women are treated when performing the natural act of breastfeeding their children. The South African model recently gave birth to a baby boy she named Anaca.
Swanpoel reveals in her Instagram post that she has experienced shame from strangers when breastfeeding Anaca. She writes, “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...?” Being a lingerie model and a breastfeeding mom probably highlights the double standard many feel when it comes to this subject.
The super model points out how society seems to turn a blind eye to breasts when they are sexualized, yet seeing a mother perform the natural act of feeding her child often still raises eyebrows. She writes, “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 [in turn] on society as a whole.”
Commenters on Swanpoel’s post suggest there are many who support breastfeeding in public, applauding the photo she included of her baby son latched onto her breast. But still others were quick to show their disdain for breastfeeding in public suggesting the debate is likely to carry on for years to come.
What do you think about the double standard Swanpoel points out?
Do you think women should cover up when breastfeeding in public?
It is up to the woman and child if they want to cover up or not for what works better for both of them, not what works best for ignorant people. Most people who bash women for breastfeeding where breast-feed themselves and I don't see them bashing their own mothers. Schools should educate about breast-feeding. I know that not one health class in all my years in school, not once taught about breast-feeding, only learned about sex, birth control and menstrual cycle. Sad that schools teach about sex, which only causes people to look at the body only in a sexual manner, not how breast-feeding is natural and should be supported. I didn't know about breast feeding till I was in my teen years by seeing articles like this on Facebook. I believe the change starts with school and home.
No they shouldn't have to. But I personally don't want anyone looking at my parts so I try to position where I'm not fully exposed. But if I feel comfortable, I don't care.