"When the baby wants to eat the baby gets to eat."
New moms can—and often have to—breastfeed anywhere. To illustrate that point, one woman shared a shot of herself nursing her baby while on horseback—and while the act is probably not in most women's day-to-day repertoire, it speaks volumes about what it means to be a breastfeeding mama.
The mother is photographed riding a horse, her baby in her arms, latched on firmly. "When the baby wants to eat the baby gets to eat," the photo's caption reads.
Any woman who has breastfed her children understands this caption all too well: When you're a mother and your child is hungry, nothing can (or should) stop you from nursing. Let's not forget that in most states, it's legal for a woman to breastfeed her child anywhere, even if it's a public place (unfortunately some shamers can't seem to wrap their heads around this concept).
The horseback image is shared on Breastfeeding Mama Talk, a social media community for breastfeeding moms, where it's been getting a lot of attention. Unfortunately, not all of it is good attention: Users are questioning the safety of breastfeeding on horseback...and we have to admit that it does seem a bit risky. We are so happy that this particular mom and her baby stayed safe, but we'd also suggest exercising caution and checking with your doctor before doing something like this—and it's probably not a great idea for moms who are inexperienced on horseback.
What do you think of this woman breastfeeding while riding a horse? What's the wildest place you've ever breastfed?