Sam Faiers’ latest Instagram snap not only captures a cute mother and son moment between her and baby Paul Tony, it’s also opened up an important conversation about breastfeeding.
The image, posted recently on Instagram, shows the former TOWIE star relaxing on a sun lounger in a pretty white playsu as she breastfeeds her four month old son.
‘Me and my bubba (sic)’, Sam captioned the image.
But despite breastfeeding in public now being a very normal thing that plenty of mothers do, Sam’s picture still stirred up quite the debate on Instagram.
‘Why do mums that breastfeed feel the need to show everyone. I’m all for breastfeeding and certainly don’t have a problem With it being done in public but I don’t sit there taking photos of my little taking her bottle. I think it’s more to do with “look how amazing I am, I’m breastfeeding, I’m so much better than you” total attention seeker! (sic)”‘, one user angrily slammed.
However, encouragingly, 90% of the comments were made up of fellow mums praising the star for ‘normalising’ breastfeeding.
‘Beautiful picture. Well done you #boobsaremagical #biologicalnorm’, wrote one.
‘Amazing photo. Thank you for helping normalise breast feeding! Just beautiful. Keep up the good work muma!’ praised another.
The topic of breastfeeding in public is widely discussed, with mum-of-two Kim Kardashian dedicating a whole blog post to it on her website recently.
‘I know some people find breastfeeding such a private, personal experience, while other people are very open and even breastfeed in public’, Kim wrote. ‘Now that I’m a mom, I say whatever makes you comfortable goes.’
‘I think it’s such a natural experience and I’m not shy about that’, she added. ‘I know so many people get backlash for posting breastfeeding pics, but I don’t mind them!’
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Each to their own, we say. The female body is BEAUTIFUL, so why shouldn’t we celebrate one of the most natural processes in the world?