Elisha Wilson Beach, wife of actor Michael Beach, who many of you may remember for his role as Miles, Terry’s husband who slept with Cousin Faith in Soul Food, recently posted a picture of herself that’s attracting quite a bit of attention on the internet.
In the picture, Wilson Beach is using the restroom, toiletries strewn across the bathroom floor, and she’s also breastfeeding her young daughter.
You already know the deal. Any type of image of a woman breastfeeding elicits a variety of responses. So people see it as something natural and beautiful. Others view the images as everything from TMI to completely tasteless.
When Elisha posted the picture, she wanted to illustrate the often unseen realities of motherhood.
As you know when someone exposes something that once was private, people, inevitably, have a lot to say.
According to Clutch Magazine, one Twitter user tweeted: “So disgusting, see photo of a mother breastfeeding her child while using the toilet.”
Another person on Facebook wrote, “I would never breastfeed my child in the bathroom. It’s unsanitary regardless.”
Other women could absolutely relate.
“This pretty much sums up mommyhood,” one Facebook user wrote.
Another responded to the issue of cleanliness.
“To the people calling this unsanitary or gross, most people brush their teeth in the bathroom and leave their toothbrushes in the bathroom. How is this gross and not that? Breasts are way more sanitary in the bathroom than your toothbrushes.”
Some of us might need to reevaluate our bathroom habits.
Still, there are quite a few points of contention with this photo. Pictures on the commode are normally in bad taste, regardless of what you may be doing on the side.
And breastfeeding photos are almost always received with criticism and backlash. So it’s a double whammy here.
After the photo started being shared more and more and people started suggesting or stating outright that Elisha was a bad mother, Michael stepped out to define his wife, and mother of the youngest of his six children.
Many even believe that these breastfeeding pictures are mainly about attention-seeking tactics. But hell, the only reason we post any picture on the internet is about some level of attention. Do you think this image would have been better for the personal baby book rather than the internet; or, is it time we start being honest about motherhood.