With breastfeeding constantly in the media, and more mothers choosing to feed their babies in public, you would think instances of breastfeeding shaming would have gone down. Sadly, we aren't there yet.
A mother of three, and a breastfeeding mom to a 4-month-old is speaking out after being allegedly teased and mocked for breastfeeding while shopping at Victoria's Secret.
According to Celina Barbour, she was given dirty looks and even had some snide comments said about her breastfeeding her baby in the open.
“I was literally in shock,” she says. “And I think because of the irony of it (being in Victoria Secret) I just thought it was funny that in all places it happened there.”
Outraged, she and her husband left the store and went over to Target, where they made a passionate Facebook Live post about the incident, calling out critics and stating the irony of what had just happened.
A store like Victoria's Secret, as Barbour points out, that is all about boobs, should be the last place someone should complain about seeing a woman nursing her baby.
“So if you’re going to go into Victoria’s Secret and say things about breastfeeding … ‘how nasty,’ give snide comments, or looks in a store that is filled with nothing but pictures of people’s boobs hanging out, you probably shouldn’t say anything to someone that’s breastfeeding,” they said in the video.
Barbour's husband was supportive of his wife's outrage, stating "It’s a store about boobs. You’re buying bras and underwear that look cute for men to see so that you can have sex. News flash: Sex leads to kids.”
PSA to all shoppers!!!!Posted by Celina Barbour on Thursday, November 23, 2017
But the hate didn't seem to end there.
Comments on the video she made started to flood in.
“A girl shared on my first video and said I should stop prancing around and sit down and cover up,” Barbour said.
That just added fuel to her fire. The next day, she took to Facebook Live again to respond to the nasty comments.
And her response was epic.
😆😆😆😆😆 Don’t tell me to sit down and wear a cover 😆Posted by Celina Barbour on Friday, November 24, 2017
“Real talk here,” she said in the video. “My daughter, she’s 4 months old. She breastfeeds about every 45 minutes to an hour. Why would I put a cover on her head about 12 times a day? Just because someone is uncomfortable with seeing the top of my boob? I’m never going to wear a cover. If you feel like you need to wear a cover, you can wear a cover, that’s up to you. But me, I won’t. The laws protect me, I don’t have to wear a cover.”
She is trying to make a point that breastfeeding doesn't show any more skin than half the posters in lingerie stores and women shouldn't feel shamed or embarrassed by breastfeeding in public.
“I just can’t believe in 2017 breastfeeding isn’t considered normal,” she said. “And that because you’re a mom you’re told you shouldn’t shop in stores like Victoria’s Secret.”
What do you think? Should this mom wear a cover while her baby feeds in the carrier? Share you thoughts in the comments.