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Mom Breastfeeds During Graduation, Causing Some Serious Controversy

Graduations are the perfect time to take a few family photos, but one student took a very special snapshot. Wearing her cap and gown, Karlesha Thurman took a photo of herself breastfeeding her daughter during her graduation from California State University, Long Beach. The 25-year-old then shared the image on social media, where it went viral. Several people supported Thurman's decision to nurse during the ceremony, but others were not as kind. Many deemed the photo and her actions "inappropriate" and "weird."

To see what Thurman has to say about the controversy, read the full story on The Huffington Post.

Source: Facebook user KTDaRockStar

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ChhandaBurman ChhandaBurman 1 year

Yes, breastfeeding is natural and I have breastfed my daughter for 2.5 years (covered up in public and not covered up in private). Breastfeeding while covering up is a practical measure to avoid all the controversy is all I am saying. They way people were ranting about it, it seemed like they haven't heard the concept of covering up while bf in public. So I threw that out in the open suggesting that it doesn't have to be one way OR the other. You can comfortably bf in public without raising an eyebrow.

ChhandaBurman ChhandaBurman 1 year

Women in my country (Asia) breastfeed babies upto 2 years covered.. no problem... since the babies are used to it. In fact, they like to play on the inside shielded from the rest of the world. But yes, if you have never covered then a baby will protest the first few times coz that is not what they are used to.

Also, at 13 months, I was personally packing a snackbox with buiscuits, soft fruits, raisins, etc. for my daughter. By that age they are old enough to eat or drink from a bottle (milk, juice, whatever) and don't need to be bf in public. This is true for a lot of other babies that age where I lived and is common practice.

The problem seems to be that many American women seem unaware of how common it is as a practice in other parts of the world. Or they want to turn this into some feminist statement that they will breastfeed, and in public and without covering up. Those who have a problem with that can f*** off. Which is fine but then they should be prepared to face some criticism as well coz rights are universal. If they have a right to do as they wish, others have a right to say what they wish.

ChhandaBurman ChhandaBurman 1 year

No, I don't eat with my head covered.. coz I eat from a PLATE and not from a breast! Duh!! I don't have a problem seeing a woman breastfeed. I am a mother and have breastfed for 2.5 years and in my country, we cover up.. so there is NO controversy. We also don't post pictures of ourselves breastfeeding on social media. The controversy has been kicked up in the US by Americans who found that objectionable. I was just offering my two pence on how the controversy can be avoided through common sense measures. If you people like to rage and debate about small stuff like that and turn it into some feminist rant... please go ahead. I have better things to do.

rachelchitongo1395134740 rachelchitongo1395134740 1 year

As you can see in this picture this baby is probably a few months old, not over 12 months very fidgety you can not cover the baby, give us an example of an old baby being covered.

rachelchitongo1395134740 rachelchitongo1395134740 1 year

Seriously can you cover a 13month old baby, they tug and pull at anything close to their face, people must just chill, breastfeeding is natural

BrightEyes1373264903 BrightEyes1373264903 1 year

Do YOU eat with your head covered? Better yet, if you don't like seeing a woman breastfeeding without a cover, go right ahead and cover your own head. Food for thought! :)

kacychambers1364418455 kacychambers1364418455 1 year

I'm still breastfeeding my 13 month old. I didn't have an issue with her breastfeeding in public but i was wondering why she was posing and breastfeeding in public.
*My personal rant*
This is a little off the subject but I'm so sick of ppl complaining abt women breastfeeding in public. I breastfed in public but i did cover up. However, when it started getting hot outside i sat in the car and breastfed without a cover. It can get really hot under that cover. Sooooo if I was out one day and was too far away from the car and it felt like it was 1,000 degrees outside i would not cover up. I would be as discreet as possible but i wouldn't make my baby uncomfortable. Bottom line is baby's have to eat in p-u-b-l-i-c and if you don't like what you see then look away.
And to all of those ppl who keep saying she could have just pumped and got someone to give the baby a bottle. Every woman's body is different. She might not get a enough milk when she pumps. I pumped and breastfed with my 1st but this 2nd time around i am just breastfeeding. Why??? Because it is a heck of a lot less complicated. When i pumped i had to carry around a diaper bag, a cooler for the milk, plus some kind of device to warm the milk since its not supposed to be microwaved, my pump, pump bottles, plus my personal belongings. I was constantly having to sit in the car an extra 15-20 mins after we arrived at our destination to pump before we went in (no matter what the temperature was outside). So pumping and bringing pumped milk along is not an easy job.
I really wish that ppl would not comment on things that they know nothing about. Unless you have breastfed or witnessed someone go thru the breastfeeding experience then you don't know what the challenge is like.

#StopJudging #SorryForTheRant #SupportBreastFeedingMoms #NormalizeBreastFeeding

kacychambers1364418455 kacychambers1364418455 1 year

Nothing against you at all but i hate when articles like this one from moms popsugar leave out the back story. I'm just saying. The info. you stated abt it being posted to a fb breastfeeding group is key info. to me. I'm still breastfeeding my 13 month old. I didn't have an issue with her breastfeeding in public but i was wondering why she was posing and breastfeeding in public. Now i get it. She was doing it to post to a site to promote others. *My personal rant*
This is a little off the subject but I'm so sick of ppl complaining abt women breastfeeding in public. I breastfed in public but i did cover up. However, when it started getting hot outside i sat in the car and breastfed without a cover. It can get really hot under that cover. Sooooo if I was out one day and was too far away from the car and it felt like it was 1,000 degrees outside i would not cover up. I would be as discreet as possible but i wouldn't make my baby uncomfortable. Bottom line is baby's have to eat in p-u-b-l-i-c and if you don't like what you see then look away.
And to all of those ppl who keep saying she could have just pumped and got someone to give the baby a bottle. Every woman's body is different. She might not get a enough milk when she pumps. I pumped and breastfed with my 1st but this 2nd time around i am just breastfeeding. Why??? Because it is a heck of a lot less complicated. When i pumped i had to carry around a diaper bag, a cooler for the milk, plus some kind of device to warm the milk since its not supposed to be microwaved, my pump, pump bottles, plus my personal belongings. I was constantly having to sit in the car an extra 15-20 mins after we arrived at our destination to pump before we went in (no matter what the temperature was outside). So pumping and bringing pumped milk along is not an easy job.
I really wish that ppl would not comment on things that they know nothing about. Unless you have breastfed or witnessed someone go thru the breastfeeding experience then you don't know what the challenge is like.

#StopJudging #SorryForTheRant #SupportBreastFeedingMoms #NormalizeBreastFeeding

ChhandaBurman ChhandaBurman 1 year

May be reading the articles below will help you understand my point.

http://homemakeritm.blogspot.c...

http://www.myjoyfilledlife.com...

Some people are so stuck up about breastfeeding in some weird feminist context, they miss the common sensical point of view. Most people who are not posting fawning encouragements are NOT against breastfeeding or even against breastfeeding in public. All they are saying (including me) is that there is a modest and practical way to do it (which half the women in the world practice, by the way).

Btw, being rude doesn't make you right... lol.. It just shows your inability to engage in a meaningful discussion.

ChhandaBurman ChhandaBurman 1 year

I totally agree!! Why is common sense so uncommon these days??!! A little modesty goes a long way. If she had used a nursing cloth, it wouldn't even have been an issue in the first place.

BrightEyes1373264903 BrightEyes1373264903 1 year

Read this article:

http://newsone.com/3018051/kar...

Then shut up. Since you couldn't simply do a little more investigating before making your own terrible assumptions about the photo.

ChhandaBurman ChhandaBurman 1 year

And what makes you so sure?? She is clearly posing for the camera with her breast popping out. I don't understand what is so difficult about covering it up with a piece of cotton cloth. More women in Asia bf than in the western countries and yet you will be hard pressed to find pics like this taken in a public place with the breast in plain view AND then posted by the person themself on social media knowing full well the viral nature of social media!!

TammyHurt TammyHurt 1 year

On second thought, I bet you love breasts & breasts milk therefore I completely understand your stance & public infatuation with seeing someone breast feed! Just don't masturbate when you happen to witness your fetish!

TammyHurt TammyHurt 1 year

THANK YOU! I said the same exact thing! I nursed all if mine & would never nurse in public. Too many men are infatuated with breasts especially those who love breast milk and I don't need anyone stalking me!

TammyHurt TammyHurt 1 year

First of all, let me be very clear... the post asked for MY reaction, therefore, I GAVE it! Secondly, the post is NOT about me nor about what I wear! Last but not least if 'I' said it was indecent and gave an explaination WHY then it is what it is! My opinion is just that MY opinion! I've been there, done that which is why I said cover up! Got it...dismissed!

BrightEyes1373264903 BrightEyes1373264903 1 year

Yes, but she wasn't "using breastfeeding as an excuse to show off her breasts", she was simply feeding her baby. Your whole diatribe is way beside the point.

ChhandaBurman ChhandaBurman 1 year

yes.. maybe it was both and that's why this is such a controversy. Also, had another thought as I read your comment. Sex, sexuality, marriage, even motherhood has been so objectified in the mainstream media that maybe subconsciously some people want to maintain the sanctity of this very private, very emotionally bonding experience by keeping it personal and not have people use it as a photo-op. Coz the last thing all breastfeeding advocates want to see (me included) is women using bf as an excuse to expose or show off their breasts and objectify the whole experience. With the celebrity and reality show culture, that day is not far off. And I think it is that possibility that bristles the sensibilities of many people when they see something like this.

Btw, it is common knowledge (at least amongst parents) that men DO get turned on when they see a woman breastfeeding a child. Something gets triggered in their brains and they have this Freudian response. So, maybe that's another reason to cover it up.. :)

rachelchitongo1395134740 rachelchitongo1395134740 1 year

Sorry I don't agree with you, what is appropriate age of the baby to breastfeed, do you know of this mother's circumstances or background, what is good manners when it comes to feeding the baby. One can never be perfect in raising a child, because people have different opinions ahd expectations in raising children, you can not please everyone and conform to everyone's standards

rachelchitongo1395134740 rachelchitongo1395134740 1 year

In Africa there is nothing shameful to black women about feeding their children in public. I guess in developed countries there is so much people can feed their children with so that is why people have time to think about what society thinks and feels. In Africa where a child can literally die of starvation who has time to think about what the next person thinks of feels it about survival. Think of a mother in Zimbabwe, in Somalia or even in South Africa living below the poverty datum line, honestly i salute this lady in picture, for being brave enough to to do a natural thing among the rude stares and whispers.

elenrosas1392327570 elenrosas1392327570 1 year

it doesn't matter, the point wasn't to condone but to bring a point that at least this girl shows her breast to feed a baby not to show it off...well at least I would think so but who knows maybe it was both and this is why this is such a controversy...

AntoinetteDavidson AntoinetteDavidson 1 year

Nothing is wrong with breastfeeding in public; just cover your breast.

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