What do a reality star and member of parliament have in common? In this case, influential voices in the #NormalizeBreastfeeding conversation.
When you're a breastfeeding mom, sometimes you find yourself needing to nurse in unexpected circumstances—and because feeding your baby becomes more important to you than just about anything else, you do it no matter where you are or what's happening around you.
Unfortunately, a lot of people can't seem to understand this concept, and hate is often slung at moms who feed their babies in public places. The good news? Countless of advocates are coming forward to #NormalizeBreastfeeding—most recently, two influential women breastfed in very public situations, and mothers everywhere are cheering in support of their actions.
Unnur Bra Konradsdottir, MP for Iceland’s Independence Party made headlines when she breastfed her daughter while speaking in Parliament. “She was hungry and I had not expected to go to the pulpit. Then another MP was giving statements on a bill that I put forward on the behalf of the Judicial Affairs Committee, to which I had to respond. So I either had to tear the baby girl of me and leave her crying with the MP sitting next to me or just take her with me and I thought it would cause less disturbance to take her with me," the politician said, according to Euro News.
She wasn't the only mother who breastfed on television this week. Reality star Sam Faiers was being interviewed on ITV's This Morning when her 10-month-old son needed to be fed. The mother did what she had to and breastfed on television—and mothers who tuned in to the show are praising her for it. "I'm so happy that Sam Faiers is being praised for breastfeeding on tv...it's normal life, it's motherhood, it's nursing her son," a Twitter user posted.
Actions like these can go a long way: The truth is, so many people simply don't seem to understand that moms don't have a ton of control over when and where they need to feed their hungry babies. Do you think people will grow more accepting of public breastfeeding if they see more women nurse in similarly public situations? We certainly hope so.