Why Are Y’all Mad? Breastfeeding College Graduate Shamed On The Internet

June 9, 2014  |  

Source: Facebook

If you’ve been on Facebook in the past few days, you may have seen this picture of Karlesha Thurman breastfeeding her daughter during her college graduation from California State University Long Beach.

Thurman, 25, posed for a picture while she was breastfeeding her daughter in her cap and gown. She shared it with the Facebook page, Black Women Do Breastfeed and they posted the picture with the following caption: “Congratulations mama!!! Giving her daughter more gifts than one! Isn’t this beautiful?!” And the hate started streaming in from there. While comments on the initial Facebook page were supportive and encouraging, once the photo went viral, the opinions ran the gamut from ignorant to hateful.

But Thurman stuck by her decision. And instead, when Black Women Do Breastfeed asked if her if she wanted them to remove the photo, she responded like this.

“I found out I was pregnant my last semester of college, had my daughter one week into my last semester, she was my motivation to keep going, so me receiving my BA was OUR moment, so glad I captured the moment and so glad you shared it with the world so thank you again.”

Precisely.

As one Twitter follower asked, why are black women’s bodies so often regarded as vulgar? And furthermore, why was it ok for Rihanna to walk out in a sheer, see though dress, nipples completely exposed for no other reason than to make a statement but it was wrong for Thurman to FEED HER BABY (Yes, I’m screaming) and take a picture while doing so? (For the record, I wasn’t offended by Rihanna’s dress either. It’s just been done so many times.) The point is breasts are cool for sex and male titillation but feeding a child? Naw, son. As someone who’s usually unfazed by nudity in general, I find it sad that we’ve sexualized breasts so much that we can no longer see them being used for their natural function without turning it into a cause for outrage. Even if you believe women should use a blanket when they feed, let that be the decision you make with your own children and let Kharlesha and women like her live her life and do what she feel is best for her daughter.

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  • Nina D.

    Making love and conceiving a child in love is beautiful, However, is that going to show up on facebook too? While I’m glad for everyone who aims high and achieves, what does that have to do with publishing a picture that should be private? You’ve just reduced the importance of your degree. You will be know as the girl who flashed her boob. Beautiful, nourishing, healthy, but no excuse not to toss a blanky over it!

  • Mynx

    I See a lot of deleted comments lol

    • disgrazia4

      Mine was deleted and it was awesome! I wish I’d copied it so I could have posted it in my group. 🙁

      • Mynx

        I wonder why they were deleted. I really wanted to read them.

        • disgrazia4

          Mine was pro Karlesha Thurman and was well written with no foul or vulgar language. I’m disappointed in Madam Noire and am considering no longer posting their links to my Facebook Group. No one likes censorship.

  • jacquilla Bracey

    In other countries women walk around breastfeeding and nobody says anything to them. Some people are so dumb and rude. Its not like you have never seen breast before. Now yes her covering up would of been better but to bash a mother for feeding her hungry child is just crazy. As a breastfeeding mother I never carried bottles because thats what my breast were for, they are even teaching new mothers that in breastfeeding classes.So her feeding her child does not make her a hoe. She did what she had to do!!!

  • Tennille Bowens

    I have no issue whatsoever with nudity or with her breastfeeding. There’s just tact about yourself that should go with it. If she felt it was a moment to share with her child, love share it with her. Just cover yourself and have some gracefulness. Not everyone is comfortable with nudity. You can clearly see this was taken during the ceremony. Looks at the orderliness of her fellow graduates around her. They’re all sitting down and the person sitting in front of her turned around to take the picture for her. They may have a uncomfortable looking at her to take the picture. So just have some consideration for others. Express some milk and leave the baby with the family during the ceremony. I’d be more upset if I were her classmate and she has a baby during the ceremony than her breastfeeding! But just cover yourself and this wouldn’t be a topic of conversation.

  • Fyah Mumma

    Popular Reggae artist Beenie Man sang a song where he ask “HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD”. My answer to you dear Beenie is ” IT SURLY HAS” What was this young mother to do, let her child go thirsty because she at a graduation. All children don’t take alternatives i and kno this from experience both my boys only use breast. these ppl with negative thought to this young lady obviously aren’t proper parents or don’t have any children at all cause there is no way i am going to let my baby go starve for fashion or to please humans that can’t ever be please in the first place. ppl walk the road daily with some part of themselves expose and we call it fashion and when its time for a mother to feed her child we get offend. i glad she responded the way she did. By the way Karlesha Thurman i will like to congratulate you on ur great achievement, may this be your stepping stone to many more and do ignore the negative comments in life ppl will say and do anytinhg to get you down but always keep your head on and continue to lookout for ur little princess ( even if it means breast feeding in public)

  • Doll Phace

    Feed your baby wherever you like. Babies don’t wait. Sorry

  • Mynx

    I don’t see anything wrong. Baby was hungry so she decided to feed her. Babies get hungry no matter what’s going on lol

  • This is all

    1) Only cleavage is exposed.
    2) She is feeding her baby.
    3) She didn’t take the picture herself.
    4) She is not graduating from high school, she is graduating from college. She is probably grown.
    5) I’m 17 and can understand the difference between something that is not vulgar and something that is vulgar. Most of you “adults” can’t.
    That is all.

  • I just don’t know what happened to the human race. Sharks swim. Monkeys swing from trees. Lions roar and hunt. Dogs have a litter. Human beings walk, talk, THINK, and procreate…and yes, mothers breastfeed. What’s the problem again? I just DON’T get it… don’t even understand why this went viral. It’s the most natural thing in the world… I grew up seeing it everywhere without ANYONE giving it a second thought. Look at how comfy that baby is. Why would anyone want to deprive it? SMH!

  • naomi

    bloody good on her – how dare she get made to feel bad for feeding her baby…. you go girl ignore all the negative comments …. if a baby needs feeding a baby needs feeding….. end of …..

  • MellaPearl

    For me the issue is posing for the picture and sharing it for the world to see. I understand her being confident enough and comfortable enough to do it in public. I am all for that! However, I am more concerned with her trying to get attention for something that mothers have been doing for thousands of years without having to share it to the whole world for a couple of stranger’s kudos and congrats and likes on a facebook page. It crosses the line and becomes attention seeking behavior when you post it to the internet..no bueno…Take a photo for personal memories ABSOLUTELY!! Take a photo and post to the internet…NO BUENO. To the ones taking this too far saying the baby has to eat and women’s breast are for feeding babies…….. you all need to have several seats…we know all of that! A breastfeed baby likes to eat several times (unpredictable times at that) a day sometimes every 2 or 3 hours. The uproar is mostly the “way” she was doing it that clearly spoke of attention seeking. Just so you don’t get it twisted…I don’t want to see a man’s bare chest either all over the internet..or in public..just saying and yes Rihanna was WRONG as well and any other male or female that is showing everything and more! It’s just too much in the over sexed culture we are in.

  • MTL

    See, why didn’t you name a man’s n!pple as a private part? Stop sch3xualizing the female body! Reproductive organs and br3asts are not the same thing!!

    • Yvonne Watkins

      Are you being silly or do you really equate a mans chest with a woman’s breast? If you do, there is nothing I can tell you.

      Also, Bodies are sexualized by design – male AND female bodies so that we would be attracted to each other.

      Breast are a huge part of the sexual equation (if you’re doing it right). They are not just for feeding babies. Two totally different sensations involved! You don’t feel the baby once it latches on (behind the areola).

  • Britney Robinson

    Is she married? Even if she isn’t she is 25 she can have a baby and not be shamed. Lots of women have babies and go to school and are married doesn’t make them a “hoe”. Why did people assume the worst?

    • SunFlower78

      I have know… I idea,I got married in college and I had my first child at 21. I have been with the same man since I was 19, I am now 36. Was I a hoe because I chose to get married and start a family while still in college. Even if I wasn’t married…I still would not be that. How ridiculous, we know nothing about that lady’s personal life to make that judgement call…I think people just get off by being disrespectful on social media because that are not happy with their own life.

  • Ty

    You’re not phased by nudity but want to be treated with respect. Women are disrespecting themselves if they’re unrobing in public. Period. Its 2014, we don’t walk around with leaves over our genitals anymore because we’ve accustomed to leaving our private parts for our significant others in private… Hence them being private parts.

    This has nothing to do with race, I as a white man who dates all races and believes all colors, shapes, and sizes are beautiful, I believe it is disgraceful for a woman of any race to expose herself in public. Whether its Rihanna in a dress, whats her name breast feeding, Katy Perry in a music video, or Pamela Anderson breast feeding, she simply goes down a class point in my book. I believe all those women are beautiful and would certainly give each the time of day, but the moment they expose themselves in public no-matter what, I believe it’s just a plea for attention and that’s exactly what they got.

    If I found out my mother compromised my infantile privacy by taking a picture like this while I’d certainly be embarrassed later on down the road every time she or my friends whipped the picture out. I love my mother very much but believe a public viewing of my suckling her is just not how I want to remember my childhood, as human as it may be…

    If we embrace acts like this and Rihannas in society then what next? Women want equality with men, so does that mean we men can wear see-through pants and expose our genitals as well? That would be hideous. Or how about young girl Rihanna fans deciding they want to dress like her and walk around bra-less with see through dresses? I don’t think that would be a very smart thing to do given the crazy nature of many people in our society, its just the reality. It just sends the wrong message. Women are proactively and willingly choosing to give up their classiness every day and I think its sad. I love the female body and respect it a great deal, I just wish some women treated themselves with more care and protection as they wish men would do for them.

    We all can influence the way others treat us by the way we carry ourselves. We may not be able to control the actions of others, but we can at least influence them. This whole “let me expose myself in public” movement is not wise.

  • Emmanuel Asiedu Akyeampong

    I’m all for you, good sister. Your daughter’s health is more important that the graduation ceremony

  • Poppy

    Wow you Americans take things waaaayy too seriously lol.. It’s a breast feeding mum feeding her child not her flashing her t*ts like a common stripper! There is more important things going on in the world right now… Smh

    • YeaIsaidIT

      Look here Poppy enough with you non-Americans coming to these sites and trying to frown your yuck mouths upon us. I JUST read about a study in the UK wherein a poll was taken and 60% of women there look negatively at public breast feeding…you all have social issues, racism, vanity, etc but ya’ll act so holier than thou with your crumpets, tea and effed up teeth, so scram with the judgement!

  • Breastmilk rules

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with that picture. I think people are uncomfortable with reality. Women do get pregnant. They do give birth. They do breastfeed. This is a great sister for having a baby and completing her studies. I am surprised anyone would find that offensive or inappropriate.

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    Breasts are made for feeding a child not for play toys for us men or any other purpose. So if she wants to feed her child that’s fine.

  • Guestest

    I couldn’t do it. I would have made sure to pump beforehand..

  • Tangia Benoit

    I think that its a beautiful picture.

  • FromUR2UB

    The child has to be fed, but what’s wrong with draping a receiving blanket over the shoulder…the way women used to when they had to breastfeed in public? I just don’t understand the need to be so blatant about everything now. The young woman doesn’t deserve to be called names and degraded for doing this. Yet, a little decorum never hurt anybody. And since public breastfeeding is not an issue that pertains only to black women, there‘s no need to make into one.

    • kiki j

      I wish I could like this a thousand times.

  • arealsouthernbelle

    I’m by no means a prude by any stretch of the imagination. This, however, is taking things too far. Of course women breastfeed their babies, even in public arenas and that is okay with me. This woman is outside at what appears to be a postgraduation ceremony. Like others said, she could have expressed milk beforehand.

  • A.J.

    I don’t see anything wrong with what she did, and I can see the love that she has for her daughter. Instead of applauding her for her accomplishments; getting her degree, having her child, dedicating herself to being the best she can be for the both of them, people are criticizing her for using her breasts as they are supposed to be used. The people around her don’t seem fazed at all. Yes, she could have taken a cover or expressed milk in a bottle, but what if she brought them and the baby didn’t take to either one? (Also, keep in mind that it’s humid outside, just a thought.) Our society tells nursing mothers to “cover up” so that people won’t run the risk at being offended by …*gasp*…a breast, without any thought for the mother or her child. We have a long way to go in terms of normalizing nursing, and it’s really sad to see and hear some of the things that people are saying. Considering that we have the lowest breastfeeding rates across the board (the fact that that Facebook page had to be created to help and support other mothers is revealing in itself), this young woman is doing her part to not only feed her child, but to show that we too do breastfeed in the Black community, possible encouraging others to do the same. There’s nothing to be ashamed of.

  • Guestest

    Yeaaahhhh,, i don’t know about this one.

  • ilybrklynn

    Beautiful picture. Im a mother of 2 so I see no problem in FEEDING your child.

  • breastfeeding in public uncove

    Smh. Need a microscope for all this small mindedness.

  • Morgan O’Brien-Bledsoe

    Then look away. Your neck does turn. Not doing that makes you pretty dang simple.

    • Yvonne Watkins

      I shouldn’t have to “look away”. Look away and look at another breastfeeding woman? Look away and look at someones behind because he is sagging?

      We need manners to navigate this world filled with people with differing standards. This was just not good manners. I don’t want to see boobs and I should not have to take EVASIVE action as the only recourse. Again, your snide tone says a lot about you.

  • Teaira Ingram

    Lmao. She feed her child in that moment get over it.
    Sharing this moment with her daughter was important to her.
    A baby that’s use to breast feeding if they are tired and cranky it calms everything by just popping them on the boob. Especially when there’s lots of ppl around that they don’t know they get scared. So there’s so many reasons why she feed her child. When baby is crying etc you don’t stop and think oh I got to go make a bottle, cover myself so I don’t offered anyone. You know what I think when my baby is cry hungry, I pop my boob out and feed my baby. I try to cover her but would you be okay with eating 20-30+mins in the dark looking in one spot. Probably not, so get a left and leave this girl alone. Congrats for graduating and especially for showing your daughter away of life. And for breastfeeding. Yay yay

    • Morgan O’Brien-Bledsoe

      You rock.

  • Lissa329

    Nice message. However, this is inappropriate to do DURING a graduation ceremony without covering up. Some mothers kill me trying justify having a whole breast out. No one is saying you cant feed your child but just cover it up! Ppl get very uncomfortable when they look over and see a woman’s breast OUT.

    • Morgan O’Brien-Bledsoe

      So they can look away. Why should she and her baby be uncomfortable so you can be comfortable when you can be comfortable by turning your head?

      • Lissa329

        Its. TACKY. She had time to pose and grin but not cover up? Unbelievable. This day was not just about her. There were probably hundreds of other students sharing this day with her and this was turned into a media frenzy.

  • Herm Cain

    You can tell by the picture she’s attention starved too many of these types in the community nowadays I applaud sisters that are cut from the cloth of are elders females like this aren’t to be respected in all my years on this earth I’ve never seen foolishness such as this most women will go find a corner or somewhere semi private at the least

  • Herm Cain

    There’s always a correlation between young mothers and h*e s**t no matter the degree or circumstance nine out of ten times if she has a kid young expect some f**kery

  • BreastIsBest

    Oh sure, shame this mother for breastfeeding her baby, something that is natural, God intended and been going on since the beginning of time, but give praise to Rhianna for wearing that see-through attention seeking dress. Also, the dude calling this woman a hoe for feeding her baby the natural way, he needs to be shot for that tweet! You go girl, feed your baby and congrats on you graduating too. If you don’t want to see a woman breastfeeding her baby then don’t look! No one is forcing you to watch and I’m sure no breastfeeding mother would let her baby starve so some people can feel comfortable.

  • IllyPhilly

    Go college grad!

  • Iam Inkman

    SO Rhianna can dress like a Hoe but here is a woman who is not only a mother but a college graduate and her only crime is doing what God mad her for to bare children and replenish the earth. I see nothing wrong with the pick ,People get over yourselves,I didnt hear no hollering when women do it in magazines

  • Jana

    Wow, if a woman walks down the street, she’s a dime, she’s s*xy, she’s confident, but when a mother nurses her baby in public, now she’s a hoe?! I applaud her for feeding her baby and it’s legal to breastfeed without cover up, people need to worry about more important things going on in the world such as the Nigerian girls and terrorism in the world and in our communities.

  • sha

    I do not feel offended by the picture but more than anything, I just dont get the point of taking it and sharing it! It signified what in regards to her drive to keep going and graduating? Just totally unrelated to the message she was trying to convey which makes the picture entirely pointless. Just some chick breastfeeding her baby at a college graduation which in all aspects of etiquette looks just plain tacky as hell with her whole tit out – just looks really crazy!

  • MzNobi FemmeFatale Kuissi

    I fail to see how this makes her a hoe… people are so ignorant

  • MsSincerity

    Why are people acting like people are trippin over her feeding her child when they know darn welI that is not the issue…..I don’t care what anybody says, that photo is ridiculous…..Why have your giant azz melon on display for the world to see….it makes no sense….she wanted attention and she got it.

  • Sunshine

    Simply put, it’s tacky for a female to expose her breast in public for all to see.
    What’s wrong with covering up while you feed your child? Everything should not
    be about shock value or getting the most hit on social media. You are a not a cow or a female dog, so why are you acting like one. Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing, stop
    making a mockery out of it.

  • Darlene Lyons

    I can beat that. Why was I in Bible Study and look to my left and a woman was breastfeeding? My pastor was cool and kept on teaching. I have six kids and never had the notion to pull out one of my breasts in church. smh

  • Starr King

    Most Black American dummies aren’t shhhh as usual. ..downing this lady for feeding her child…while most of you fools don’t even feed your child without Wic and foodstamps…she cant be getting wic with she is breastfeeding…she got her degree, where’s yours? 😀

    • Jana

      There are WIC who supports breastfeeding and still get benefits, I used to work at the WIC office myself for a few years. I also agree, this woman was just feeding her baby and did it the natural way, so I applaud her. Anyone are against this or complains about need to get their minds out of the gutter and leave this woman alone!

      • Starr King

        Hmm, I didn’t know that…I just a assumed breastfeeders didn’t.

        • Guest

          of course you ASSumed.

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  • Lucky

    Kudos to her for feeding her baby the way God intended and graduating. So it’s okay to give compliments to a woman to wear “clothes” and have her butt and her breast hanging out but shame a mother for feeding her baby?! Breasts are not sex organs and if you don’t like to see a mother breastfeeding her baby then DON’T WATCH AND KEEP IT MOVING! This coming from a mother of 3 who I breastfed all of them in public.

    • Rosetta Stone

      Breast are not sex organs. Mmm ok but do you walk the streets with your breast uncovered or do your wear a shirt? You wear a shirt because your breast being exposed in public is considered indecent exposure and because you are breastfeeding doesnt take away from that. i know tons of women who breastfed in public but they used nursing blankets. whats the issue?

      • Lucky

        Well here in New York City it’s LEGAL to walk around topless, and in many states it’s LEGAL to breastfeed without covering up. Do you cover up when you eat? Do you go to a dressing room when you eat? Do you go to the bathroom while you eat? So why should a baby have to? As I said if you don’t like what you see then don’t look! Also what I mean by sex organs I mean down there, do you procreate with your breasts?

        • Rosetta Stone

          I dont eat with my private parts and hun I’m from The Bronx and NO ONE IN NY WALKS AROUND TOPLESS. All of the women I know that have babies are from Ny and use nursing blankets. Lets stop acting like we dont know what i’m talking about here. I’ll say it again…because your breasts contain milk does not take away from the fact they they are still private parts.

          • Lucky

            But I bet you ate from your mom’s “private parts” when you were a baby yourself! If you have a problem with a mother feeding her baby by the breast and as I said before and I’m not gonna say this again and be done with it: DON’T FAWKING WATCH AND KEEP IT THE FAWK MOVING!!! Have a nice day! Sux that you’re insecure!

            • Rosetta Stone

              You’re right I did and she used a nursing blanket. Like every other woman I know.

        • Benson Davis

          Amen! Rosetta Stone is just insecure as hell! If you don’t like it when a woman pulls out her breast to feed her baby then don’t look! No one is forcing you to look at her, what’s she’s doing is natural!

  • Wendy

    OMG people, it’s just a friggin boob!! If you don’t like it, don’t friggin look at it!!! It’s one of the most natural thing in the world and some babies don’t like to be covered up. Quit being so prude!! Again, it’s just a boob!!!

    • Rosetta Stone

      Its still a private part. if it weren’t she wouldn’t be wearing a shirt. Lets use common sense.

    • Lucky

      Thank you! It’s all about feeding the baby. I refuse to let my baby go hungry just because people are immature about a body part God gave us mothers, if you don’t like then don’t look and turn another way! I remember I was 7 (this was 1986) and my father and I was eating at this restaurant and this woman (who is black) was breastfeeding her baby and no one said nothing nor even kicked her out and I asked my did what she was doing and he told me she’s feeding her baby and it’s normal. I have 3 kids and breastfed all of them in public, my babies isn’t gonna starve for no one!

  • SunFlower78

    All I gotta say that it’s funny how “some” people on here criticizing this girl for breast feeding were defending Rihanna on the other article.

    Ummm, this is why I don’t take people comments on here seriously….
    So it’s not trifling to show the crack of your Azz for the camera’s but it’s trifling to breat feed your baby…Get Outta Here!

  • Mimsy

    I think she should cover up while feeding it. No one is knocking her for breastfeeding, it’s tacky to do it in the public. Then it’s very stupid for her to get mad when she’s doing it openly and not expect the PUBLIC to respond. Just because you’re a mother, doesn’t exempt you from basic common sense. I swear parents act as if they deserve a pass because they procreated..smh

  • Alfreda Calbert

    There was nothing wrong with her feeding her baby during graduation. She could have covered up a bit more as some people will always find a reason to be offended.

  • az

    where was grandma or aunt or best friend to hold baby during ceremony. Why was the baby on her lap in the first pale? Breast feeding is not bad but not in this situation. Time and Place people. Time and place. ..and Rihanna was wrong too.

    • coco

      um who do you think was probably taking the picture someone probably was holding her she was hungry they gave her to her mom and they took the picture there is always a time and place for everything but if my child is hungry and i am breast feeding i shouldn’t have to leave or have my child starve if it bothers you look away plain and simple

  • Rosetta Stone

    Breastfeeding is NOT new phenomenon. I need these new mothers to relax with the attention seeking. And let me add…just because you are breastfeeding your child does not take away from that fact that your breast is still a private part. I have tons of friends and family members with newborns and infants who are breastfeeding and they do not pop out their uncovered breasts in public. They use nursing blankets.

  • Ash

    I see nothing wrong here. The right time and place to feed your baby is wherever the baby is and whenever the baby is hungry. Don’t like seeing nursing infants? Don’t look. If a woman wants to use a cover because she feels uncomfortable exposing her breast then that’s fine but it’s not a requirement for breastfeeding in public. When I nursed my daughter, I wouldn’t expose so much breast but if someone was looking at me during latch on, then they got to see the whole show.

    • Katprint

      I agree. I would not try to make a woman cover up while breastfeeding just like I would not try to prevent her from covering up while breastfeeding. I would not try to force a woman to breastfeed instead of giving her baby a bottle (formula or expressed milk) just like I would not try to prevent a woman from breastfeeding. It’s her body and her baby. She has the legal right to do it however she wants.

  • Kristen

    I think if I were her I would have prepared a few bottles of breastmilk before the graduation in case if the baby got hungry. But that’s just me.

  • When I breastfed my daughter I did it with a cover. That’s what *I* did. This young woman is comfortable enough to feed her daughter without a cover. It’s nothing shameful – she’s feeding her baby. So, if we can salute Rihanna’s bare nipples, we shouldn’t be carrying on about this woman feeding her baby. Some babies don’t take bottles. Some mamas have a hard time pumping. It’s a big deal because *we* are more comfortable seeing breasts as sexual objects than as a way for a child to get nourishment.

  • CutieReppinNY

    Nobody cares about women breastfeeding. But really, you had to pose for a pic while doing so. This nation has become a land of attention seekers.

  • Cleveland Cutie

    For real? In the middle of a graduation ceremony with 1000’s of other people around? She could have thrown a blanket over her. This picture is clearly staged so she could post it to her FB group page. I would have been very uncomfortable if I was seated in her immediate vicinity.
    AND YES, I BREASTFED MY DAUGHTER so it’s not about whether its right or wrong. It’s about having some decorum and discretion in public while doing so.

  • yupisaidit

    I say “U GO GURL MISS THURMAN” I am all for feeding our child the milk GOD intended for ur baby to have… If folks don’t like it they don’t have to look… Those who were offended secretly have an obsession with breastes and need to get their own lives…. I breastfeed my youngest in public and didn’t care to think what anybody says…. This Black woman breastfed her LO…

  • candy cane

    We go through this time and time again; there is NOTHING wrong with breast-feeding. Women have done it FOREVER, HOW-SOME-EVER, there is a time and place for everything and just like I wouldn’t want to look to my right and see folks havin sex out in the open, l I don’t want to see a woman breast-feeding out in the open. If you are going to be at a public function like a GRADUATION, put the breast milk in a BOTTLE. A little discretion goes a LONG WAY…

    • Guestest

      That’s all she had to do.. Pump beforehand.

  • shemara

    Before you start, I can spell but had to get it out fast before I burst. You can say what you want to me because I am very secure and can handle it.

  • shemars

    I don’t understand why so many people are against any woman breastfeeding their child. This girl was standing for a picture not walking across the stage receiving her diploma. Breastfeeding has been around for over hundreds of years now all of a sudden this new culture is saying it its inappropriate. It is better to do this than see all of these naked azz people walking around looking disgusting. This woman was feeding her child not displaying her body so the world could see that she is a tramp. Get over it you uneducated criticizing bunch of now moral a holes.

  • Allenda Wilson

    I understand having to feed the baby, but cover up the baby and breast while doing so unless you are at home or somewhere where noone can see that. Breast feeding is beautiful, but you don’t expose the breast in a public area. Have a little class and dignity. I applaud the young lady for being a good mother because most young people don’t want to breastfeed, but its a sacred thing, so don’t share your skin with the world. I also applaud her for graduating! Just cover up next time, thats why people don’t want mothers to breastfeed in public because some take it too far.

    • Rosetta Stone

      Thank you.

  • Coya

    And now it’s to the point where people aren’t even doing this as a way to motivate breast feeding. It’s all about stirring a controversy, trying to get likes and exposing yourself and thinking you’re going to get away with it because you’re using the baby as a rescue. Let’s be real.

    The first time this hit the air everyone was going crazy because the truth is, it’s inappropriate. Back in the 1920s when women were fighting for “legitimate” causes such as voting and being seen as a human being and not just a maid and babysitter, breastfeeding in public back then would have qualified as something to fight for. People have gone so wild with support they don’t even know what’s worth wasting time and effort on. Kids are starving, women are being raped and killed in other countries and women are looking for claps and standing ovations just to EXPOSE themselves while breast feeding in public.

    It’s not even about breastfeeding in public it’s about exposing yourself. Why is that ok? It’s not right for the women that walk around darn near naked (Rihanna etc) and it still isn’t ok just because a child is nursing. Let’s get it together.

    • Trisha_B

      “now it’s to the point where people aren’t even doing this as a way to motivate breast feeding. It’s all about stirring a controversy, trying to get likes…”

      That’s all it is now

    • Kristen

      I couldn’t have said it better. And all the people going nuts in support of breastfeeding in public are making a fool out of themselves in regards to topics like this, because I believe this graduate/mom did this for attention and likes, not for a real cause. This is why I don’t go hard for people I don’t know, because despite what it looks like on the outside, we may not be on the same page..

      • Trisha_B

        Exactly! B/c if you think about it, her baby didn’t go to classes with her. So that means she obviously pumped for her baby during the day. She could have done the same for graduation but she wanted to use that moment to make a statement lol. Using a personal moment for likes

    • Chey

      *Applauds*

  • Coya

    This whole movement to me is ridiculous. I’m not a stickler for privacy or against breastfeeding or anything but that doesn’t mean I want to see half your tit while I’m out at a game or a restaurant. I agree it’s a beautiful experience between mother and child but let it be just that, between mother and child. Women are going wild exposing their breasts in public. Take that to a restroom. Sally her husband Bob and their two kids John and Mary don’t want to see your baby sucking on your tits while trying to eat their burgers and fries.

    Be considerate of everyone else. You may be comfortable with it but that doesn’t mean everyone else has to be. It’s called respect. If I was a parent I wouldn’t want my child to be exposed prematurely because a woman feels she has the right to breastfeed her child in public wherever and whenever. Put a cloth over you and if you don’t want to do that, go to a restroom, and if you don’t want to do that go to your car, and if you don’t want to do that pump at home, and if you don’t want to do that use formula. #IJS #berespectful #nobodywantstoseeit

    And for the people talking about Rihanna she was wrong for that too. People are going to do whatever they want but if you expose yourself in public be prepared for the backlash.

    • Castro

      Why…**restroom?** YOu for-real? Would you eat in a restroom? Get serious Coya! There’s a time and place for breast-feeding, but not in a restroom! That un-sanitary, would let you kid or kids eat in a restroom?

      • Trisha_B

        Tho I don’t agree w/ the restroom thing, you can’t compare an adult eating in a restroom to a baby eating from nips. We aren’t consuming food from a body part lol

      • Coya

        Let’s be real, a nip is not the same as dining on steak and mashed potatoes. If they feel some type of way about a restroom then they need to pump before they leave or go to they car or how about they just cover the child up. (Now that’s a thought.) A child just wants to be fed they’re not concerned about where they are.

      • Coya

        And the only way it’s unsanitary is if the mom drags her nipples around the restroom floor and then stuffs her breasts in the child’s mouth. There’s nothing wrong with standing up and breastfeeding a child in a restroom. And no one has to use the restroom to breastfeed their child but it’s definitely a last resort if anyone needs one if they don’t want to cover up.

        • Guestest

          Lol so true. These people are reaching. It looks tacky. Deal!

    • ksmall

      Yet I’ll bet u don’t feel the same way about women wearing low cut shirts showing cleavage damn near down to the nips right. Or stars on the red carpet baring T&A for the whole world right. Smh. What a world we live in lol. If u don’t wanna see it don’t look.

    • AJ

      If someone fed a baby a bottle while sitting on a toilet you’d probably be freaking out about how unsanitary it was and say someone should call CPS.

    • New IG: vegan_dwill

      Really your child will see more exposed breast in an average PG movie and if your child did happen to see a woman breast feeding it would be the perfect time for you to explain to him or her the natural and real function of breasts

  • IMO

    1) It’s great she finished college and obtained her BA.
    2) It’s great that she is a new mom and nursing her baby.
    3) I understand her explanation on her desire to share that moment with her baby in the picture.
    4) But why share the moment while nursing ?

    I’m not in any way shape or form against mothers who openly nurse their babies in public. However, with social media around I feel SOME women pose around nursing to make a “statement” just so they can gain so attention and “likes”. The exposed breast during nursing is not a big deal.

    • Trisha_B

      Agree!

    • New IG: vegan_dwill

      Nursing should be a statement with the amount of research showing the benefit of it

  • PhoeNix

    Congratz to her for finishing school AND raising a child. Some of yall cant even move out your moms house how you gonna give your opinion like your grown?

  • tina hunt

    I do not condone this particular move. It is graduation. I think WE are just taking things too far. I understand the motivation and alllllllllllll that, but sometimes, some times are just inappropriate. This is one of those times point blank period. I do not care if white, black, purple, green. Everyone wants to make a point. Well do it beyond your degree and bring it to your community, etc.

  • Nicholas Peters

    When will black people learn it isn’t socially acceptable (yet) to do the same things that white people do

    • Lucky

      Breastfeeding isn’t “socially acceptable” or a white people thing, it’s NATURAL! I’ve been to Nigeria, The Philippines, and Jamaica and there are mothers who breastfeed their babies, even in front of their homes without the cover. God gave us breasts for a reason and they’re not sex organs.

      • OSHH

        It’s a human thing.

      • f

        I agree one of the docs I work for came back from south sudan and all the pictures with the women were with them breast feeding their babies. They would not take a picture without having their hair done and breast feeding. They are proud women. I really don’t care if you cover up or not just breast feed if you can because some women have a hard time with getting the baby to even breast feed. Kudos to her.

      • Nicholas Peters

        Taking a picture of it and putting it out for the world to see (on social media) is different from breast feeding a child at a college graduation, or in public at all

  • number1bigdaddy

    stupid

  • Trisha_B

    But it was graduation. Why? I understand lil mama was hungry. & graduations can be like 4 hours. But why didn’t she prepare? Have a bottle pumped. Who had the baby during the ceremony? Did someone really walk on the field to hand her the baby? That’s kind of tacky imo. For it to occur during the ceremony. Maybe if it was done elsewhere, the big fuss wouldn’t be there

    Congrats on the graduation tho!!

    • margarita

      There is nothing tacky about feeding a baby. It’s what breasts are for. People need to get over the notion that there is anything sexual about it and stop tripping. Kudos to this young woman for finishing her degree and for making healthy choices for her baby.

      • Trisha_B

        Did you just skip over words? I never said it was wrong to breast feed. I said it was tacky to do so during a very important ceramony. & then to record it for some fb likes? Smh I didn’t say it was sexual or even imply it was. I was talking about where she was. Never is a child allowed to sit with their parent during a graduation ceramony but she used the moment for a lil attention

        • Cleveland Cutie

          I agree!

        • Shawn Hawes

          so….ceremony is spelled wrong. Can’t even take your comment seriously. But it doesn’t matter where she is if her child needs to be fed.

          • STFU

            ….. 90% of MNs articles have misspelled words. Go grammar hunting .. LOL … she was probably typing fast. Plus its the comments section

        • Suchalady

          Exactly!

        • New IG: vegan_dwill

          She posted the picture in a breastfeeding group. The picture was supposed to bring awareness to breast feeding.

          • Trisha_B

            I’m aware where she posted the picture, but doesn’t mean that was real intention. She could have promoted breast feeding elsewhere, not during her graduation ceremony

        • Bri

          I’m confused. It’s tacky to feed your child? Where was she supposed to pump during this ceremony? The mom probably missed two feedings while in the ceremony. I’m sure her breast hurt and she was ready to feed her baby. Also, the mom may have had a bottle ready. But, give a baby the choice between fresh from the breast vs expressed milk. They will choose breast most times.

          • Trisha_B

            Can you not read? I CLEARLY said it was tacky to breastfeed during the ceremony & document it, not it was tacky to breast feed period smh. How about pump before going to the ceremony, like she obviously did when she was going to class? If she really needed to nurse, then walk off the field & nurse else where. You don’t have anyone walk on the field & hand you your baby. That is completely inappropriate & idk how that was even allowed.

      • CutieReppinNY

        There is absolutely nothing tacky about feeding your baby, what is tacky is posing for a picture while doing so. This was all about attention, there was no need to post this shot on social media.

    • SDFSDF

      SO IGNORANT. BECAUSE BREASTPUMPS WORK FOR EVERYBODY? DO YOU KNOW HER NIPPLES/BREASTS/LIFE?! Lord.

      • Trisha_B

        Uhm, nothing is ignorant about me saying she should have prepared for her ceramony. So you can tone down & let go of the caps lock smh lol

        • Guestest

          The girl probably did it for attention. Nothing surprises me these days. I would have definitely prepared and pumped beforehand. I am sure my husband or my mom would have held my child while i was busy graduating.. Smh. I’m sorry but it looks tacky..

          • Trisha_B

            You are completely right! I’m at least 99.9% sure that she didn’t whip out the boob while in class learning & doing an exams. So it means her baby was elsewhere during the day that I’m sure she pumped for. She could have done the same on that day. But nope. Instead she allowed whoever to walk on the field to give her a baby during the ceremony so she can be attention thirsty smh

            • Guestest

              So true! People will do anything for a bunch of likes from a bunch of strangers.. smh. Gullible people are actually defending this Lol.. Most of the people who are defending this type of behavior have breastfed in public with no type of shame Lol. I couldn’t do it. I am too private for all that..

          • anonymouse

            Of course she did, but everybody wants to give her a pass because she’s ‘feeding her baby’. More like she’s feeding her ego and who brings a newborn to a graduation ceremony anyways?

            • Guestest

              Smh, I am sure she had family there that could have held/feed her child while she was graduating.. This could have been avoided.! All out in the open! I can’t.

            • in_reality

              This comment can’t be serious…. Who brings a newborn to a graduation ceremony? Really? So she was supposed to leave her child that was her inspiration to push on and evenyually graduate…at home? Why?

              • anonymouse

                Uh, yes the comment is very serious. Yes, leave your newborn at home because a graduation ceremony is not the place for a crying child.

      • MuscleMansWoman

        While I do agree that she could’ve prepared a feeding for the event, perhaps this preparation could mean wearing something suitable that would allow her to publicly nurse her daughter without having to cover up anything. This mother could’ve worn something that minimally exposed her breast as her baby fed that would have proven the point of black women nursing (since that is the “message” she was trying to get out), and would have had less room for negative criticism. However, it is obvious that she planned to pose for this picture (I bet she had knowledge that a rep from the organization was in attendance), and decided to give a “real” shot at what she believes nursing in public is all about. This picture is not representative of all mothers who nurse in public regardless of their race. To me, the whole thing was staged and it backfired horribly.

    • Simone Mackey

      Apparantly the simple-minded people on here don’t it.

    • enlightenment

      I agree. At first, I wasn’t sure why they were slinging around the word “hoe.” (That word is flung around way too loosely) But why did she take a picture of herself breast feeding and put a picture of her exposed tit on Facebook?

      To me, it sounds like a guise to show off her boob without getting flack for it because she’s breast feeding…but it sounds like she failed. I think it’s all the way tacky. I don’t think I’d ever do that in the middle of a grad ceremony, but to each his own!

      • Coya

        Exactly, anyone who does this is basically using this as a way to expose themselves, get some kudos (for what though) and be the topic for a day.

        Women have been breastfeeding for centuries. This is nothing new. This is something that should be special between mother and child. Not the whole world. No one cares if you breastfeed in public as long as you cover yourself while doing it.

    • Preception IS Reality

      Yes, the word is PREPARE. She obviously didn’t PREPARE to have sex that’s how she ended up with an unplanned pregnancy. She obviously is not PREPARED for any future employer to offer her a serious career opportunity since she has her breasts on display, feeding her baby at her graduation with no discretion. She should know that HR managers PREPARE by doing research on social media about any candidate they may want to hire. If I saw this picture, depending on the company and position, she would NOT be PREPARED to work for me or my company. #RealLIFE #RealTALK #TruthHurts

      • Trisha_B

        I didn’t even think of any of that. You are so right!

      • Marie

        The first comment that actually made sense. Thank you. A graduation (in a public place where children are in attendance) is not the proper place to whip out your breast. Sorry no bueno. She should have done what other mothers do: prepare to be out with her child. What was she doing while attending class or taking a final? I doubt her professors where just fine with her being bare-breasted in class. People act like like they don’t know what etiquette is.

        • Trisha_B

          Not even just the fact kids were in attendance, the fact her professors & deans were there is what shocks me as well. Where’s the professionalism? Why would you want your professor & dean to see your breast?

  • Selena McQueen

    I applaud her for finishing college and for giving her beautiful baby girl the best milk in the world.people should be ashamed for coming at her but when Rihanna naked everybody stand up and applaud her bold statement girl bye

    • ksmall

      Well said. I hope she realizes there are plenty of women who support her and aren’t here to bash her! Folks need to grow up.

    • Simone Mackey

      I don’t applaud Rihanna at all.

      • Selena McQueen

        Well clap clap for u cuz ur 1 in a few

  • YeaIsaidIt

    In general, núdity is only acceptable when the majority of people exposed to it see the núde person as attractive. Partial núdity for purpose other than to visually please a man is confusing for them and partial or full núdity from non-attractive people just makes them angry…yea simple people have simple issues

    • shemara

      So true, thanks for saying that.

  • Simone Mackey

    I understand baby was hungry but a cover on her t*t would have done better 🙂

    • SDFSDF

      When a baby is HUNGRY, there is NO, “hold on while I try to get this cover right so you can ACTUALLY BREATHE while I nurture you with what NATURE GAVE ME and MOMMY DOESN’T WANT TO OFFEND ANYBODY SO YES MY CHILD, CRY AND SCREAM AND HAVE YOUR TUMMY RUMBLE A LITTLE LONGER SO I CAN PLEASE THESE MORONS!!!” Good old Merica’ for you.

      • CoverUP

        if you got time to pose and smile for the camera then you sure got time to cover up!!!!

        • Mimsy

          Thank you!!!

        • knownnnn

          And I’m glad she didnt!!!!

        • LittleMrJ

          Cover up with what? It’s a robe. How else is the baby gonna get access. Besides, all the juicy bits are in the kids mouth. I’ve seen more breast meat & cleavage in a Beyonce video.

      • Yvonne Watkins

        There absolutely is time to cover up and good manners say you do so. Just because it contains milk doesn’t mean it’s no longer your private part. And this is not about her being Black as some of you want to say. This is just tacky. Adam and Eve were covered up by God, that hasn’t changed. Cover up. She is not in the privacy of her own home. I breast fed my son (by the way – he didn’t have any cavities until he was in his twenties) and my breasts were never on display.

        • Magpie

          The law says she doesn’t have to.

          • Coya

            The only reason why the law doesn’t say she has to is because people weren’t expecting people to be concerned about doing something that is tacky and inconsiderate.

            Yea back when women were fighting for the right to vote they also should have asked for the right to be exposed while breastfeeding. Yeaaaaaaa……………………..

            I guess it falls under that same rule where….some things shouldn’t have to be said.

            • Magpie

              Actually Coya, the law says she doesn’t have to BECAUSE women fought for the right to not be harassed while they fed their children. It is legal because there is a specific law outlining that this is acceptable. It is a purposeful law, not an oops law of omission.

              • Gem

                AMEN!

              • Coya

                And they fought for the right to be exposed while breastfeeding? #thefooleryisreal

          • Yvonne Watkins

            Man’s law. Not God’s. But yes, in New York at least, topless in not against the law.

        • T_Fant

          God had nothing to do with Adam and Eve covering up

          • Yvonne Watkins

            Read more. Read the whole chapter and the chapter following.

        • Jasmine Moore

          Adam and Eve walked around naked until they sinned in God eyes. So you collapsed your own argument. He even asked them why are you hiding and covering your body?

          • Yvonne Watkins

            Exactly, that is my point. We are not perfect. We are born in sin. God covered us. We need to remain covered when and where it is common sense to do so.

        • Lola

          Well…Adam and Eve weren’t originally covered up. It was only after they sinned that they covered THEMSELVES up. So…your argument there is invalid.

          • Yvonne Watkins

            And God covered them up because He wasn’t satisfied with what they came up with. Read further along. God RE-DID what they came up with. So, yes, God covered them.

        • New IG: vegan_dwill

          Adam and Eve LOL LOL LOL

        • Crys

          I mean no disrespect but Adam and Eve were not covered up by God. They covered themselves after they ate from the tree of knowledge. To each his own but the women in some African, Asian, and native tribes around the world still breastfeed naturally like it was suppose to be done from the beginning

          • Yvonne Watkins

            And then God covered them up because He wasn’t satisfied with what they came up with. Read further along. God didn’t let what they used stand. He wanted more.

            • Crys

              you ma’m are wrong. If you would have truly read it further it says this in verse 7, 8, and 11

              6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

              7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

              8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

              9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

              10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

              11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

              12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

              13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

      • Rosetta Stone

        girl please. its still a private part. Do you walk around topless?

        • Katherine

          Guys do. And they have nipples too.

          • Yvonne Watkins

            I would say LOL but I don’t no if you’re joking. But LOL?

          • Rosetta Stone

            Log off until you find some common sense.

            • Katherine

              Nah, my common sense is right beside me. Probably. But really, do enlighten me on why it’s alright for guys to walk around topless without criticism, while when a mom breastfeeds, she gets flamed.

              Is it because she took a picture? (and thus, she “should have” had time to cover up?)

              Would you guys react the same way if she just fed her baby, and didn’t take a picture?

              • Rosetta Stone

                Do you walk around topless?

                • Katherine

                  Nope. But then, I don’t even like wearing sleeveless clothes either. So I would say that it’s a personal preference. Most of the dads I know do though.

                  And, Rihanna apparently doesn’t mind.

                  • Rosetta Stone

                    Mmm ok. So you wear a top because of personal preference? got it. Good day.

                    • Katherine

                      Good day~

                      But to be honest, what’s all the fuss about. It’s breastfeeding. Not someone ripping their top off and taking a picture topless. I occasionally see mums on the front porch breastfeeding their babies. Is there really a need to gutter and make an act like that sound so wrong?

                      And as for uploading it on social media platforms… She’s young. Young people upload stuff on the internet all the time. (even sex videos for some strange reasons) So what? If you don’t like, just continue scrolling and don’t look at the picture.

                • Shawn Hawes

                  Breast feeding is legal and moral EVERYWHERE. Breast are for feeding not titillation. Plus, it was for a breastfeeding publication! Meanwhile, girls walk around half naked just for attention. I can’t with the ignorance.

                  • Yvonne Watkins

                    Actually, they’re for both.

    • Magpie

      She legally doesn’t have to cover up. If it bothers you, DON’T LOOK!

    • A.J.

      Some babies don’t take to covers well.

    • Simone Mackey

      I love how ‘people’ are simply ‘mad at my opinion’ *simple-minded judgmental hypocrites* 🙂 #bloop

  • Sunni_Dee

    Its sad that anyone would even consider criticizing her for doing what moms do.

    • CC

      There is no excuse for being tacky. She was aware of her pending graduation and all she had to do was express her milk and keep it cool until the baby was hungry or she should have left the baby with a babysitter. Yes it was her day, but if she placed that much on her graduation she should have picked up her degree. Do you think she will take the baby to work with her so she can breast feed?

      • Katherine

        Ever heard of the term “YOLO”? It’s a once in a lifetime chance to take a picture like that with her kid. (so, why not?) And we only have one picture to work on. It’s not like we knew if she just snapped a picture, and then went somewhere else to continue breastfeeding her kid, or if she did it in front of everyone.

        Seems to me like the only “wrong” thing she did was to upload that picture on Facebook. (or not limiting that picture to “Friends Only”)

      • Magpie

        Feeding her child in the way nature intended is “tacky?” Get a clue! Breasts were MADE FOR FEEDING CHILDREN! Not for men to play with! And why should she leave the baby with the sitter? This was her day and she wanted to share it with the baby that, as she said, was her reason for continuing. You’re clueless if you don’t see that you are CLEARLY in the wrong here!

        • Coya

          It’s tacky when you expose yourself to the rest of the world. If a woman was walking around with her breasts out all willy nilly we probably wouldn’t be having this debate. She would be deemed disrespectful, tacky, inconsiderate and probably much worse.

          Since she’s breastfeeding a child it’s ok? Sex is natural. God created that for husband and wife. But they would still go to be arrested and fined if they were caught doing that in public. It’s called being considerate. This is the 21st century but that doesn’t mean people have to go buckwild.

          • Opinionsss

            Going topless just for the heck of it and breastfeeding do not fall in the same category….

            • Coya

              But you’re still exposed all the same. Nothing is wrong with breastfeeding but you don’t have to be exposed in order to do it.

          • Magpie

            YES! BY LAW if she is breastfeeding a child it IS perfectly acceptable and BY LAW if you were to approach her to say anything, YOU could be SUED for harassment. It’s people like you, who don’t understand the necessity of eating versus the simple desire to screw being so very different! You are creating a strawman argument and it is completely illogical.

            • Coya

              You don’t have to be exposed in order to breastfeed your child. This whole breastfeeding movement is illogical not my point. So quit trying to find something out of nothing. Cover up. It’s that simple.

              • Stop looking. That’s even simpler. Find something better to focus on.

          • New IG: vegan_dwill

            Being topless and breast feeding are two different things and here in Cali a woman can breast feed in public without fear of prosecution

          • guest

            Feeding your child is going “buckwild”?

        • gillyn

          Why is she a mother at this young age at all???????????????????? so tacky and common. Why do Black woman always have to be lugging children…..that they had no business having in the first place because the father’s are WHERE??????? Oh yeah, thats right….they’ve moved on. Can I see some single, ambitious, child-FREE Black women doing their thing, living their life, not struggling to find baby sitters, affordable day care, and tracking down the baby’s daddy????? They are so willing to sacrifice their 20’s, which are supposed to be care free, happy, adventurous, and exploratory….traveling, experimenting with new locations, new professions, jobs, careers, meeting, dating, and learning about relationships with men from all types of backgrounds, college educated, not from around the way…duh!!!! NO….here they come, marching down the isle with 1,2,3 babies in tow…looking for a sitter, and struggling to make ends meet. Unable to use that diploma because they have to find affordable day care…..so typical, so everyday, so boring, so common, so uninteresting, so ghetto…sorry…I’m just sayin”

          • in_reality

            Please. Take, Many. Seats. With. This. Rant. I’m just saying.

          • Chris

            25 is young to have a kid? Are you kidding me? My mom was 21 when she had my older brother, and now she is a nurse, making 70k+ a year, and just re-graduated from school to get a higher degree in nursing. So please, 25 is an acceptable age.

      • Teaira Ingram

        Your tacky for even saying anything.get a life

      • Jessica Craig-Perry

        Girl sit down. A babysitter. Really. Ain’t nothing wrong her breastfeeding her baby at a special event. She wanted her baby there and 9x anyone who could have babysitted was there with her.

      • LittleMrJ

        “Express her milk & Keep it cool [until later]”?
        That milk is 98.6° when the infant drinks it from it’s mothers breast. It’s not supposed to be cool… it’s supposed to be fresh!
        You’re a tard.

        • Mari

          Actually no she isn’t. I breast feed both my children with expressed milk, since I didn’t have the luxury of staying home to feed my children around the clock. Some of us do have to work and expressing milk enables the child to enjoy breast milk and all it’s nutrients when the mother is not around. Both my children are now healthy grown women.

          While I will never question the young woman’s right to breastfeed, I do think she should have covered herself while breastfeeding.

      • Becareful Chris

        Her baby, her degree, her breast, her everything…. now mind your own??

      • brownone

        how do you know the baby will take from a bottle i have a little sister who did not take breast milk from a bottle theirs nothing wrong with this I’m sure its after graduation and her baby was fussy

      • gillyn

        Unfortunately, girlfriend thought this would be “cute” It so is NOT! It’s stereotypical to see young Black girls lugging babies around BEFORE living their lives. sooooooooo sooooooo sooooo boring and tired.

    • gillyn

      Its soooooo boring to see a young UNMARRIED girl with a baby. Its a double-edge sword to see this girl…thankfully manage to graduate….but disappointing to see her lugging a baby to her graduation. Its just so tiresome. How many white girls were lugging babies to their graduation??????????????

      • Rogelio Lopez

        They where hiding them