Breastfeeding during graduation: Pump it or pop it?

Breastfeeding during graduation: Pump it or  pop it?
Karlesha Thurman and daughter.

This photo of a mother breastfeeding during her college graduation ceremony went viral recently. Twenty five-year-old Karlesha Thurman, happily took a snapshot of the moment.  She smiled proudly into the camera as her little one contently suckled.

The young mom didn’t anticipate the deluge of comments when she posted her pic as commentary on the Black Women Do Breastfeed Facebook page. Some were in support of this young mom, others… not so much. One commenter went as far as to call her a hoe!

Back in the day, I breastfed each of my sons for well over a year, sometimes in the privacy of my home but oftentimes outside of it; in church, at restaurants, at the movies… Yep, I sneaked my babies into the movie theater. But audiences never heard a peep because my babies had a nipple stuck in their mouth. If baby was hungry I fed him.

I wasn’t as bold as this mom though. I always shielded my breast with a fashionable strategically placed scarf or blanket secured with a broach or pierced earring. I never felt comfortable exposing my bare breast in public like that, nor did I snap pictures of what I personally considered my private moment with my child. Even today I don’t feel comfortable seeing moms pop a titty out in public. But that’s just me. It’s a personal thing. To each her own.

I applaud moms – especially young ones – who choose to breastfeed their babies. It takes an especially confident woman to bare themselves to the world. Good for Karlesha.

If I had to do it over, I would still cover up. But I’m supportive of any mom who decides otherwise.

Do you think this mom should have pumped it or popped it?

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