Model Candice Swanepoel just made an important point about the double standard breastfeeding moms face.
On Sunday, the Victoria’s Secret Angel posted a photo that showed her breastfeeding her son, whom she welcomed in October. In her caption, she wrote about the shaming women who breastfeed in public sometimes face from others. Swanepoel wrote that she, too, has experienced this judgment from others while breastfeeding, and contrasts it to her experiences as a model.
“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,” she wrote.
The model also noted that the world has been “desensitized” to the sexualization of breasts, yet many people still have a problem seeing a mother breastfeed her child in public.
In March, a North Carolina mom echoed Swanepoel’s message in a viral Facebook post, where she compared her breastfeeding photo, which got reported to Facebook five times, to a Victoria’s Secret ad used in multiple magazines and malls. Both women emphasized that breastfeeding is natural, not sexual. Swanepoel ended her post with an important reminder.
“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.”