Model Defends Breastfeeding Photo After Negative Comments

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Last week British model Tamara Ecclestone posted a photo to her Instagram account. Impeccably lit and beautifully styled, Ecclestone is pictured nursing her two-year-old daughter, Sophia.

The caption reads: “Thank you @ivetteivens for capturing this beautiful moment this is by far my favourite photograph but mainly thank you for spreading this message. Breastfeeding is a powerful demonstration of love and nurturing yet it has become so normal to hide. I want to take that normal and toss it.”

And then the trolls came out. She was shamed for ‘still’ breastfeeding her toddler, and for posting such an intimate photo in the first place.

breastfeeding-photo-3Responding to the negativity, Ecclestone told Good Morning Britain, “I want mums in the future – and my daughter one day – to not have so much negativity or people questioning breastfeeding.”

She explained that she made the decision to allow her daughter to wean herself, and that it is the right decision for her family.

Ecclestone added, “She’s not going to go to university and be still on my nipple.”

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5 thoughts on “Model Defends Breastfeeding Photo After Negative Comments”

  1. You just continue breastfeeding that toddler! It is SO healthy for your daughter and for you. Ignore all the people with negative comments – they obviously haven’t read the research.

  2. Bravo! Perhaps the conversation should not be the benefits of breastfeeding (which are numerous and astounding), but the ramifications and consequences that can last a lifetime for both mother and child from not breastfeeding (which are numerous as well but frightening). Let’s continue to be courageous and a voice for that which is so incredibly natural and wonderful.

  3. I just recently stopped breastfeeding my son with in the last 3 months or so. He was 4 and 1/2 years old! He was self weened and it was perfect! I loved being able to let him decide when he was done, even though he will still occasionally ask for “booby please!” LOL. I don’t get what people’s deal is with breastfeeding, they must be formula babies LOL. If you don’t like what you see turn your head! It’s very beautiful and such a heartwarming thing to see other moms breastfeeding! Makes me miss it so much already! ???

  4. I have two wonderful, well-adjusted children, ages 4 and 10. I’ve got 7 years of breastfeeding under my belt. Never hid my breast while feeding my babies, never allowed any nay-sayer to shame me. We
    are more numerous than the world knows. We are mammals. This isn’t just healthy, wonderful and beautiful….it’s normal. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos. Way to go, Mama.

  5. I breastfed both my daughter’s. It was a wonderful experience not only for them but for me too. No matter what we were doing or where I was if my babies were hungry I nursed they and never felt ashamed. One day while we were out shopping my baby girl got very fussy because it was her feeding time so I found a bench in a comfortable and out of the way spot. While she was nursing a couple walked by and the man stated “YOU are disgusting for letting that baby suckered on your TITLE. YOU SHOULD BE IN JAIL FOR SEXUAL ABUSE” I WAS SO ANGRY THAT HE WOULD SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND ANGERIER THAT THE WOMAN WITH HIM TENDED TO AGREE WITH HIM, ( OR JUST MAYBE SHE WAS SCARED HE’D BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF HER WHEN THEY GOT HOME IF SHE SPOKE UP). I TOLD HIM THIS IS COMPLETELY NATURAL AND THAT WOMEN HAD BEEN NURSING THEIR BABIES SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME. I ALSO TOLD HIM THAT I HOPE GOD WOULD BLESS HIS IGNORANT ASS AND IF HE DIDN’T LIKE IT TO NOT STARE AT ME WHILE MY BABY IS EATING.
    I FEEL THAT I BONDED MORE AND MORE WITH MY GIRLS EACH & EVERYTIME THEY NURSED. THEY TO WEANED THEMSELVES FOR NURSING. THEY ARE AGE 30 & 25 NOW AND BOTH HAVE HAD CHILDREN OF THEIR OWN AND I AM VERY PROUD TO SAY THEY BOTH BREASTFED THEIR BABIES TO. IT NOT ONLY NATURAL IT’S THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR THEM AND YOURSELF.

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