Breastfeeding mum didn’t know a picture had been taken of her feeding her eight-month-old daughter – until it appeared on Facebook
Mum-of-one Emily Slough, 27, stopped to breastfeed her daughter Matilda on the steps of a local restaurant in Rugeley, Staffordshire but was shocked that not only did a stranger take a photo of her breastfeeding, they also uploaded it to Facebook. And branded her a ‘tramp’ for breastfeeding in public.
The picture was posted with the comment, ‘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.’
Posted to a public page called ‘Spotted Rugeley’, where anonymous users can upload pictures related to the town, Emily says she was outraged when she discovered what happened, and has now vowed to hold a mass breastfeeding protest in Rugeley this Saturday.
The Facebook page has been closed down since the original picture was posted last week and a new ‘Spotted Rugeley’ page has been set up without the picture.
Writing on the new ‘Spotted…’ Facebook page, Emily said, ‘If people are uncomfortable by babies receiving nutrients in the most natural way possible then they need to do some serious soul searching.
‘Breastfeeding mothers don't feed their babies to ram it in people’s faces. They feed their babies normally and how they see fit. Anyone that bats an eyelid regardless of how much boob is on show, needs to grow up. We are providing for our babies, frankly I couldn't care less who feels uncomfortable about my child's lunch.’
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Emily said, ‘I am very confident and comfortable with my breastfeeding, but I know plenty who aren't and don't even humour the idea of nursing because of some ridiculous stigma attached to it and fear of embarrassment, humiliation and non-acceptance.’
Since Emily announced the protest, the mass breastfeed is getting plenty of support on Twitter and Facebook (#rugeleymassfeed).
Supporting the #rugeleymassfeed. By breast or bottle, public feeding is fine. Don't agree? Look away and try to find some common sense!— anna graves (@toffeegirl81) March 9, 2014
What's wrong with feeding your baby in public! Some people should get a life! #rugeleymassfeed— Kate Burden (@burden_kate) March 8, 2014
We all should support this woman. A stranger taking photos of a woman breastfeeding and putting it on the Internet is wrong #rugeleymassfeed— Maria (@meme17919) March 11, 2014
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